A second aid convoy in a week is reported to have entered the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya.

Some 40 lorries carrying flour, medical supplies and hygiene products departed Damascus this morning.

On Monday, the UN found “horrifying conditions” while delivering aid to the 40,000 people trapped in Madaya, which is surrounded by government forces.

A smaller convoy is en route to two towns under siege by rebels in the country’s north-west.

A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told the AFP news agency the priority for Thursday’s aid delivery to Madaya was “wheat flour and medical assistance”.

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