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    Medical Group Claims 650,000 Syrians Under Siege

    ISTANBUL—
    Nearly three times more Syrians are scrambling to survive in besieged towns than the U.N. is estimating, warns an American non-profit whose members are medical professionals of Syrian descent. The Syrian American Medical Society claims in new a report that 650,000 Syrians are currently besieged in 49 communities by government forces and are facing a slow death.

    The report was shared last week with U.N. officials just days after the civil war, which has left more than 200,000 dead, reached a grim milestone - its fourth anniversary.

    The U.N. calculates that around 212,000 Syrians are living in eleven besieged areas that have little or no access to humanitarian aid. But the medical professionals say this is a gross underestimation and that another 38 towns and communities have been under long-term sieges enforced by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, told the Associated Press: “We’re not talking about quote-unquote terrorists, we're talking about families who have nothing to do with armed groups.”

    The society says pro-Assad forces are using siege tactics to starve people out. Last month, in an interview with the BBC, President Assad insisted his forces are not besieging any towns, claiming that if weapons are getting into those towns, they couldn’t be described as under siege.

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    Yes but Jeremy Clarkson still hasn't been reinstated!

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    All going to plan then for the axis of evil with the war they wanted against Syria.

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