ICRC Aid Reaches Isolated Syrian Town Near Damascus, Conditions 'dire'

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday described living conditions in a Syrian town cut off near Damascus as dire afterdelivering aid there this week for the first time in six months. The ICRC entered the insurgent-held town of Mouadamiya, southwest of Damascus, along with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and delivered medicines for chronic diseases to treat around 5,000 patients. It also brought in medicines for children and medical equipment to help pregnant women during delivery. But it said around 40,000 people inside were still in urgent need of basic services including water and electricity.