There's need for humanitarian respite in fighting by foes using food as a weapon of war to allow aid to flow in and avert an inevitable spike in deaths of civilians truth is always the first casualty of war… But nowhere in this century has that been truer than in the civil war in Syria… Man's utter inhumanity to man evoked disgust and outrage this week with the scenes of starvation in the besieged town of Madaya, just 25km north-west of Damascus. 

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