The chairman of a UN humanitarian task force on Syria said he was disappointed by a slowdown in aid access, largely because of blockages by regime forces.
At a press conference in Geneva on Thursday, Jan Egeland pointed out that pro-regime forces still besiege 15 areas across Syria blocking the entry of food and medical supplies.
After seven days of attempts with the Assad regime, the UN aid teams were not able to deliver aid to these areas, the UN official said.
Egeland, who is also special adviser to the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, hoped there would be a major evacuation from four towns, adding that the evacuation was planned of up to 500 sick and wounded people and their families from the towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Foua and Kufreya.
Egeland said that three people of a young age have starved to death in Madaya recently; adding that they died after the UN relief teams had not been able to provide medical assistance to them. (Source: Syrian Coalition)