Updated on January 11 at 3:06 p.m. ET
Aid convoys have arrived in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya where as many as 28 people are reported to have died of starvation since December 1.
The ICRC is working with the Red Crescent and the United Nations to deliver the supplies.
“Crowds of hungry kids around,” Sajjad Malik, UNHCR's representative in Syria, said in a text message from Madaya, the agency said in a statement. “It’s heart-breaking to see so many hungry people. It’s cold and raining but there is excitement because we are here with some food and blankets.”
Madaya, which is near Syria’s border with Lebanon, is controlled by rebel groups and has been subjected to a blockade for months by government forces and their allies in Hezbollah, the Shiite militia group from Lebanon. Madaya’s residents last received food and supplies six months ago. The convoy—49 vehicles carrying basic food items, water, medical supplies, infant formula, and blankets—will deliver enough food to last about 40,000 people for one month.