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In Syria's eastern city of Deir al-Zor, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Daesh (ISIS) militants. The extremists have blockaded government-held areas of the city for over a year, and some of its 200,000 residents are slowly starving – while troops and militias supporting President Bashar Assad exploit their suffering.Daesh surrounds Deir al-Zor and won't let people and supplies in by land; the Syrian government, which controls part of the city and its airport, won't allow supplies to be brought in by air or let its people out.The city, about 450 kilometers northeast of Damascus, is divided roughly along the Euphrates River, with Daesh on the eastern side and the Syrian government on the western side, though Daesh also controls some territory on the western bank.The government troops in the city are regularly reinforced and supported by Russian and Syrian air power.A resident who identified himself as Bahaa said he lost more than 14 kilograms during 11 months in the city and escaped in November to Gazientep in southern Turkey weighing only 55 kilograms.
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