UN Chief says starvation is being used as a weapon in Syria

WATCH: Ban Ki Moon says forced starvation is a war crime

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File photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters at UN headquarters. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General has described the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria, as a war crime.

In a press conference Ban Ki Moon said humanitarian teams in the war-torn country are witnessing scenes that "haunt the soul".

The UN is trying to get humanitarian teams to the besieged town of Madaya to deliver food and medical aid.

Mr Ban said all sides including the Syrian government must take responsibility for the situation: