Scenes of despair in Aleppo

Sarah Khamis on what's trending on Arabic social media

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Civilians in Aleppo have been experiencing a heartbreaking situation as major gains by the Syrian army have left rebels on the brink of defeat.

The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has voiced alarm “over reports of atrocities against a large number of civilians” in the city.

Emirati singer Ahlam Al Shamsi took to Twitter to urge her followers to use the hashtag #SaveAleppo to make this an internationally trending topic.

Meanwhile, heartfelt messages for Aleppo residents poured in from around the world. Videos of bombings were posted on social media with the comment that these were real-life scenes, and not ones from films. “Close your eyes and imagine yourself there,” one comment read.

Many Twitter users apologised to Syrian victims for not being able to help them.

A teacher tweeted that he needed help to save his daughter. “I might not be able to tweet for long,” he wrote in desperation.

* Sarah Khamis

skhamis@thenational.ae

On Twitter: @SarahKhamisUAE