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Syrians Trapped in Aleppo Using WhatsApp to Post Cries for Help

A plan to evacuate thousands of people was delayed Wednesday but was reportedly set to resume Thursday



    Syrian activists say fighter jets have resumed bombing raids over remaining rebel areas in eastern Aleppo, despite a cease-fire deal that was to allow for the evacuation of opposition fighters and tens of thousands of civilians. Cell phone video from inside a rebel-held area of eastern Aleppo Wednesday captured the sound of heavy bombardment. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    The fight for control over the Syrian city of Aleppo continued to roar on the ground and in the skies on Wednesday into Thursday as thousands of civilians still trapped inside begged to be let out.

    Among them, NBC News reported, desperate activists are turning to instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp to reach international journalists in an urgent call for help.

    "'Til this moment, the bombing hasn't stopped on the besieged districts and nothing has changed on the ground," Lina Shamy, a Syrian activist, told NBC News through a WhatsApp voice message.

    A plan to evacuate thousands of people — in a deal between Syrian regime and rebel forces — was delayed Wednesday but resume Thursday.

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