A convoy of aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) waits on the outskirts of the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, on Jan. 11, 2016.
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January 11, 2016 2:07 PM EST

An aid convoy entered the blockaded town of Madaya on Monday, bearing desperately-needed food and supplies for thousands of starving Syrians.

Horrific images of emaciated residents and tales of desperation have emerged from Madaya, which has been blockaded for six months by government and pro-government forces.

More than two dozen people — including at least six under the age of 1 — have died of starvation since Dec. 1, according to Doctors Without Borders, which called it an “open air prison” with no way in or out. Five died on Sunday.

The United Nations warned that nearly 42,000 are at risk of hunger or starvation…

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