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.”
Understand this. I can't simply surrender and being captive. I am speaking out and this is a crime. I might then ask death and not got it.— @Mr.Alhamdo (@Mr_Alhamdo) December 12, 2016
this is a call and might be the last call.
Save Aleppo people. Save my daughter and other children. #StandWithAleppo— @Mr.Alhamdo (@Mr_Alhamdo) December 12, 2016
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.
We can't believe the world's most powerful countries can't get 100.000 civilians to safety that is 4 KM away! #SaveAleppo pic.twitter.com/RAvyRHJeO0— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) December 13, 2016
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.
My name is Bana, I'm 7 years old. I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die. - Bana— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 13, 2016
Other voices joined young Bana in decrying the developing crisis.
Aleppo genocide isn't fairy tale or horror movie. These are people made from flesh. Souls being sucked from their bodies as world watches.— هادي العبدالله Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) December 13, 2016
The messages I'm receiving from East Aleppo are all goodbyes. It's haunting, beyond words. Humanity is dead.— ابن بالدوين #لبنان_ينتفض (@joeyayoub) December 12, 2016
Last message from this old man in Aleppo: 'We don't have anything left. Oh Arabs, where are you? We are being slaughtered. Safe us.' pic.twitter.com/E1sws1s2Y8— Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) December 12, 2016
Lina Shamy, one of those trapped in the city, appealed to her followers to take action by demonstrating outside Syrian embassies around the world.
Time is from blood here!
Demonstrate now! long sit-ins in front of the Syrian Russian & Iranian embassies
Stop the genocide #SaveAleppo— Lina shamy (@Linashamy) December 12, 2016