Residents of the Syrian city of Aleppo were terrified after receiving a text message Sunday warning them to flee the city or die.
The message warned those within the city to leave before a "strategically planned assault using high precision weapons occurs within 24 hours," according to CNN.
It is believed that the Syrian government sent the message. The government has sent mass messages to residents in Aleppo before but usually, those were in the form of leaflets or broadcast over loudspeakers.
According to Al Jazeera, the full message read:
"To the armed people in the neighborhoods of east Aleppo, we are giving you 24 hours only to decide if you are leaving. Your leadership abroad is incapable of getting you out. Whoever wants to stay alive must drop his weapons and we will secure his safety. After the 24 hours is up we will implement a strategic attack using highly sophisticated weapons."
"The opposition leadership that stays in hotels and castles enjoying a luxurious life doesn’t care about the poor Syrian citizens in east Aleppo. They are using you for their personal benefit. We are giving you, the sick and the wounded, 24 hours to exit if you want."
Despite the warning, many people refused to leave.
Although 24-hour period before the attack has passed, some witnesses told CNN they fear the threat is still looming after seeing warplanes circling the city.
Meanwhile, those the United Nations has warned that the 250,000 people still in the city are at risk of mass starvation.
The price of food has skyrocketed there and residents told CNN their stockpiles of food were running low.
The last significant aid delivery was in July and now the area is running low on everything from food to fuel.
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