Residents of Aleppo share desperate messages on Twitter as pro-government forces enter the city

Syrian forces are entering Aleppo. Amid news from the UN human rights office that 82 civilians have been killed “on the spot” by pro-government forces in eastern Aleppo, terrified civilians trapped in the city are sharing final farewells on social media.

Yesterday the Syrian military announced it holds 99% of the former rebel neighbourhoods of Aleppo, signalling an impending end to the rebels’ four-year hold over parts of the city as the final hours of the battle play out.

According to The White Helmets organisation, who are on the ground in the besieged city, they are unable to help as civilians crowd the streets in desperation.

Syrian teacher and activist Alhamdo filmed an emotional Periscope video, saying Assad’s forces were less than 300m away.

“I hope you can do something to stop the expected massacres,” he said. “No aid, no hospitals, no cure… you might not understand what we are suffering here.”

The International Committee of the Red Crescent, along with countless other aid organisations, have pleaded for the safety of civilians trapped in the previously rebel-held city.

As the situation deteriorates, those in Aleppo are beginning to send harrowing messages via Twitter.

Seven-year-old Bana Alabed, whose mother tweets on her behalf and has over 250,000 followers on the social network, issued a series of tweets.

Other voices joined young Bana in decrying the developing crisis.

Lina Shamy, one of those trapped in the city, appealed to her followers to take action by demonstrating outside Syrian embassies around the world.

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