NEW YORK (Staff Report) – The United Nations has called for urgent action to help people in Syria, as media reports said that thousands of Syrian children are starving in areas out of reach of aid workers.

In a statement, human rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain said the latest reports are coming in from Aleppo, Homs, Damascus and Rural Damascus, Idleb and Deir ez-Zour of mounting civilian casualties.

He said civilians remain trapped in besieged villages, towns and cities across Syria and many people are at risk of starvation and have no access to adequate medical care.

The UN human rights chief also urged the international community to address the terrible suffering of the Syrian people.