A UNICEF employee measures the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assessed the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town on January 14, 2016
A UNICEF employee measures the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assessed the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town on January 14, 2016 © - UNICEF/AFP/File
A UNICEF employee measures the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assessed the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town on January 14, 2016
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Last updated: February 29, 2016

Thousands may have starved to death in besieged Syrian areas, says UN rights chief

Banner Icon The UN human rights chief on Monday warned that thousands of people risk dying of starvation in besieged areas in Syria where nearly half a million remain trapped.

"The deliberate starvation of people is unequivocally forbidden as a weapon of warfare. By extension, so are sieges," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said, warning that "thousands of people risk starving to death".

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