The Red Cross says it hopes to deliver aid soon to the famine - hit Syrian city of Madaya. A spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday that the organization hoped to bring aid to the rebel-held town "in the coming days." Madaya is reported to be on the brink of starvation, with skeletal people drinking soup made from leaves and grass. "The convoy is still in preparation," said spokeswoman Dibeh Fakhr. She said the Red Cross hoped also to deliver aid to the northern towns of Foah and Kefraya, which, unlike Madaya, are loyal to the Assad regime "One short delivery will not be the solution," Fakhr said. "What is needed is regular access." The situation in Madaya is said to be dire. Even when food is available, the prices are prohibitive. In the Syrian capital of Damascus, for example, flour costs 79 cents a kilo. In Madaya, it costs $120. And in Damascus, milk costs $1.06 a liter. But in Madaya, the price is $300. So those in desperate need can only look at food they cannot afford. The graphic images of death and starvation coming out of Madaya have not been independently confirmed by aid groups. However, the United Nations said Thursday it had received "credible reports" of people dying of starvation and said that the Syrian government had agreed to allow aid convoys into Madaya, Foah and Kefraya. There are conflicting reports of how many people have died. The aid group Médecins Sans Frontières puts the number at 23 since December 1. One activist says it could be as high as 41. The U.N. statement Thursday provided only one confirmed death, that of a 53-year-old man on Tuesday whose "family of five continues to suffer from severe malnutrition."