There goes our dinner… Sick Assad supporters troll starving Madaya residents on Twitter
Assad supporters are Tweeting their decadent dinners with the hashtag "in solidarity with the Madaya siege". (Twitter)
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Syrian regime supporters are trolling the people starving in Madaya by posting pictures of their dinner on social media.
Using the hashtag 'In solidarity with the Madaya siege', they ridicule media reports that emerged last week showing emaciated children starving because the Syrian regime has blocked aid from reaching the town which lies northwest of Damascus.
In one picture on Facebook, a user posts a picture of his kitchen table - laden with food, and writes in Arabic: 'Directly from my house I have fried fish, tabouleh, casserole and pepsi #Madaya #in_solidarity_with_madaya'.
Another picture posted is of a bowl overflowing with vegetables with the caption: 'Please, we want the hashtag with a picture of food - say how it tastes... in solidarity with Madaya.'
One man posts a selfie in front of his stuffed open fridge writing 'From the heart of my fridge, solidarity with Madaya.'
Madaya is home to 42,000 people and has become notorious in recent days because of the cases of starvation recorded there.
The Red Cross says some food is available in the city, but only for the few that can afford it.
Pro-regime supporters accuse the rebels in the town of stealing aid delivered and then selling it to the people at high prices.
However the town has been besieged since early July by government forces and its Lebanese Shia Islamist Hezbollah allies.
It is just one of many towns under siege by government forces.
According to Doctors Without Borders, at least 23 people have starved to death in MSF-supported centres in Madaya since December 1.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he will allow humanitarian access to the town of Madaya, and called for a halt to all attacks on civilians in the conflict, ahead of peace talks later this month.
The war in Syria has killed an estimated quarter of a million people in nearly five years, ravaging the country and creating a breeding ground for radical Islamists as regional allies and global players back different sides in the conflict.
The United Nations hopes to convene talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition on Jan. 25, and the blockade of Madaya, near the border with Lebanon, has become a focal issue for Assad's opponents.
'The decision of the Syrian regime to allow humanitarian access in Madaya is a first step in the right direction,' Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, and the bloc's Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said in a joint statement on Friday.
'The European Union welcomes it and expects it will be fully implemented and extended by all parties to all the cities under siege.'
A new Syrian opposition group created to oversee peace negotiations has also demanded that Damascus halt the bombardment of civilian areas and use of barrel bombs, and urged it to release detainees before the talks, calls echoed by Mogherini and Stylianides.
'It will be important to implement concrete confidence building measures in support of the upcoming intra-Syrian political talks scheduled to start at the end of January: an end to attacks on civilians, to aerial bombardments and sieges of civilian areas,' they said in the EU statement.
Blockades have become common in the war, with government troops holding rebel-held areas near Damascus under siege for several years and, more recently, rebel groups blockading some territory loyal to Assad, who has the military backing of Iran and Russia.
It comes as an air strike on a prison run by al Qaida's affiliate in Syria Jabhat al-Nusra has killed at least 39 people, according to activists.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 39 people were killed, including many fighters from the Nusra Front as well as detainees, in the north-western town of Maaret al-Numan.
The Observatory said warplanes fired four missiles that hit an Islamic court that includes a jail as well as a nearby road linking the court with a market.
The Local Co-ordination Committees, another activist group, said the air strike killed 51.
By Isabel Hunter