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The United Nations children’s agency says that 137 children that are stranded in a rebel-held suburb that is near the Syrian capital demand immediate medical evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have already died from a lack of medical care.
In a statement made on Sunday, UNICEF says that during a rare international aid convoy to a neighbourhood in the attacked eastern Ghouta district at the end of last month, its aid workers reported one of the worst nutrition and health situations since the dispute started in 2011.
UNICEF says that 137 children that are aged between 7-months to 17-years need urgent medical evacuation for conditions that include severe malnutrition, conflict wounds, and kidney failure.
Eastern Ghouta is home to 400,000, and it has witnessed a tightening siege since 2013. According to activists, a government bombing campaign killed more than 200 people since November 14.