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“I am Waiting to Die” – Harrowing Last Words from Civilians in Aleppo

Citizens in Aleppo make final pleas for help as government forces tighten the noose

Assad’s forces are entering eastern Aleppo and the scenes are horrific. It has been described as a “complete meltdown of humanity” by the United Nations. Reports relayed by the UN allege that the pro-government forces are entering homes and killing civilians, including women and children.

100,000 people are trapped in besieged areas with no way out. Millions have fled since the beginning of the civil war and more than 10,000 have done so in the past 24 hours.

“Real massacres” are taking place as forces loyal to Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad continue their push to capture the last remaining neighborhoods held by rebels in the city.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for U.N. human rights said, We’re filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of eastern Aleppo”.

“I am waiting to die or be captured by the Assad regime…Pray for me and always remember us,” photographer Ameen al-Halabi wrote on Facebook.

Ammar al Salmo, leader of the Syrian civil defense in Aleppo spoke about the devastation: “The situation on the ground is catastrophic. Every moment is worse than before. Right now there are 100,000 civilians trapped in 3-5 square kilometers – the remaining part of the besieged areas. Everything has stopped except the shelling, except the starving, except the cold of the winter and the fear and the terror. Everything has stopped.”

The Red Cross is calling for urgent action to protect those still inhabiting the war-torn city “before it is too late”. Ammar al Salmo added: “We prefer death to being detained, to being executed. We prefer death here. Because we have no option right now, either to die by the bomb or to die by detention or execution. What will the world do if we are detained or die in regime detention? Nothing.”

A culmination of months of human rights abuses