The Syrian government has agreed to allow aid into the besieged rebel-held village of Madaya, the UN says, amid reports of residents starving to death.

The UN humanitarian co-ordinator said it was planning to deliver humanitarian assistance “in the coming days”.

According to the BBC, aid agencies say conditions in Madaya, near Damascus, are “extremely dire”.

The village has been besieged since early July by government forces and their allies in Lebanon’s Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement.

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