On June 30, 2016, the United Nations announced that after having accessed two blockaded towns near Damascus, it had finally delivered aid to all areas under siege in Syria. For the starving populations of Zamalka and Irbin, a single aid convoy was little consolation. Since the fall of 2012, as many as one million Syrians have been victims of one of counter-insurgency’s most brutal tactics: siege warfare.
Will Todman is a Middle East researcher and analyst. He holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown and a B.A. in Arabic and Hebrew from Oxford University. He previously lived in Beirut where he worked for the British embassy and the office of the UN special envoy to Syria.
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