Convoys of aid from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent enters the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya on January 14, 2016. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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A convoy carrying food and other desperately needed aid entered Syria's besieged Madaya Thursday, as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned that using starvation as a weapon was a war crime.At the United Nations in New York, Western powers called for the U.N. Security Council to meet Friday in order to expedite deliveries of life-saving supplies to Madaya and two other Syrian towns. A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said 44 aid trucks carrying food and other supplies entered Madaya, adding that a separate convoy of 17 trucks to the northwestern rebel-encircled towns of Fuaa and Kafraya reached their destinations.Thursday's delivery to Madaya follows one Monday that was the first humanitarian assistance received by the town in nearly four months.The Syrian government and the U.N. have championed localized ceasefire deals as a way to end fighting across Syria, where more than 260,000 people have been killed since 2011 .
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