The Syrian government has reportedly taken control of most of Aleppo, according to multiple outlets. There are reports of the remaining civilians in the city, trapped in areas controlled by rebels, being shot on-sight by pro-government forces as they were trying to flee. One U.N. official called it “a complete meltdown of humanity.” Another said the Russian and Syrian governments were “accountable for any and all atrocities that the victorious militias in Aleppo are now committing.”
Online, the remaining civilians in the eastern part of the city have been leaving goodbyes and suicide notes, with many saying that if they are captured by the government, they will likely be tortured.
Perhaps my final message from E. Aleppo. Regime forces are closing in and bunker busters are raining down. pic.twitter.com/XgK0DSa08x
— Bilal Abdul Kareem (@BilalKareem) December 12, 2016
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
Go to the embassies and block the way
Go to the UN headquarters and block the way
— salah ashkar (@SalahAshkar) December 12, 2016
— هادي العبدالله Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) December 12, 2016
From the outside, it’s easy to feel helpless about the crisis, but there is action to be taken. Those in Aleppo have called for others to contact the U.N. or Russian embassies and demand that civilians are allowed safe passage out of Aleppo, a trip that is about 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles. Writer Heidi Heilig posted relevant numbers and a phone script.