"For over a year, ever since they lost seats and a strategic part of the city areas, jihadists have intensified the siege, by not bringing food. The few products that are still found — tomatoes, canned sardines, some tea — are sold on the black market with prices more than tenfold," Archbishop Hindo told Fides, information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
On Jan. 17, Islamic State fighters attacked areas of the city killing at least 300 civilians and deporting hundreds more.
On Jan. 16, the United Nations said there were unverified reports of about 15-20 starvation deaths in Deir al-Zor, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The U.N. also said there were severe food shortages in the city.
Deir al-Zor, 500 kilometers northeast of Damascus, is the most populous of about 15 besieged areas in Syria, where about 450,000 people are trapped and cut off from aid by the government, by Islamic State and other insurgent groups involved in the country's civil war, the Herald said.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.