UN says Syrian government forces besiege 45,000 more civilians

January 31, 2016 20:13


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GENEVA - The Syrian town of Mouadamiya is newly under siege by Syrian government forces, the United Nations said on Sunday, adding 45,000 to the number of people it says are cut off from humanitarian aid and medical help in Syria.

The development comes as President Bashar al-Assad's government faces a demand from the UN Security Council to improve humanitarian access as part of UN-mediated peace talks with an opposition delegation in Geneva.

It has already attracted global criticism for its siege of Madaya, where dozens have starved to death.

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