In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 photo, aid workers make their way to the besieged town of Madaya, about 15 miles northwest of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)
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Unverified reports say 15 to 20 people died of starvation in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor last year, the United Nations said on Saturday, warning that 200,000 residents there face a severe food shortage and sharply deteriorating conditions.Western parts of the city have been under siege by ISIS militants since last March, leaving inhabitants with no electricity for more than 10 months and a water supply for only three hours a week, the U.N. said in a report. Another besieged population, 42,000 people trapped in the town of Madaya, has received two convoys of aid supplies this month, but local aid workers have reported 32 deaths from starvation.The Syrian government airlifted "a limited amount of basic commodities" last Monday, including food to be sold at Damascus prices, the U.N. said.
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