Images from inside Aleppo show a city utterly destroyed — its roads and buildings reduced to rubble as pro-government forces' push to retake the eastern part of the city from rebels. Scenes of widespread destruction and harrowing messages of hopelessness caught the attention and hearts of celebrities as efforts to evacuate civilians from rebel-held territories in eastern Aleppo got off to a shaky start Wednesday. As images and reports continued to pour out of Syria, many celebrities tweeted about Aleppo to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis.
Although a ceasefire deal brokered Tuesday appeared shaky Wednesday following reports of renewed shelling, evacuation efforts resumed Thursday, enabling aid organizations to assist civilians in fleeing rebel-held territories in the war-torn city's eastern neighborhoods. A statement released Thursday by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) claimed two evacuation operations had managed to take some 3,000 civilians and more than 40 wounded from eastern Aleppo, Reuters reported. According to opposition forces, one person was allegedly killed early Thursday and several others injured when pro-government forces reportedly fired on a convoy of evacuees led by the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Cresent.
Celebrities expressed a range of emotions and urged their followers to consider donating to the nonprofit organizations currently working inside Syria.
1. Adriana Lima
Many celebrities — like Adriana Lima — sought to use their fame to help spread the word about Aleppo.
2. Ruby Rose
The Orange Is the New Black actress stressed that information is power.
3. James McVey
James Mcvey, a member of the British band The Vamps, pointed out that the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo is not a new problem.
4. Kris Jenner
5. Khloé Kardashian
Recent images from Aleppo also inspired Khloé Kardashian to use her celebrity platform to advocate for increased awareness and aid for Syrians in the besieged city.
6. Priyanka Chopra
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra said she was praying for Aleppo.
7. Tyler Oakley
YouTube star Tyler Oakley encouraged his Twitter followers to read more about what's happening in Aleppo and begin discussing ways to help.
8. Bette Midler
Bette Midler spoke out against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
9. Jessica Chastain
Actress Jessica Chastain, who stars in the film Miss Sloane, encouraged her fans to help families fleeing Syria with a donation to the Preemptive Love Coalition.
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres admitted to feeling powerless.
11. Lauren Jauregui
Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui encouraged her fans to call both their government representatives and the Russian embassy in their country to demand safe evacuation for those fleeing Aleppo.
12. Alyssa Milano
Actress Alyssa Milano advocated for the children in Aleppo.
Singer P!nk urged her fans not to be complacent regarding the crisis in Syria.
Singer Joanna "JoJo" Levesque tweeted directly to a Syrian activist in Aleppo.
The Queen of Pop asked fans to pray for an end to the Syrian Civil War.
16. Mark Ruffalo
Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted an article criticizing both Assad and President-elect Donald Trump.
17. Laura Benanti
Actress Laura Benanti criticized Trump for his apparent lack of interest in the crisis currently unfolding in Aleppo right now.
18. Rose McGowan
The Charmed actress directed fans to nine charities working to aid those in Aleppo in a simple tweet.
19. Kathleen Fuentes
YouTube star Kathleen Fuentes said images of the destruction in Aleppo had left her speechless.
20. Justin Baldoni
The Jane the Virgin actor posed a very good question.
21. Mariska Hargitay
Like so many of us, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Mariska Hargitay was left feeling helpless, outraged, and praying for peace.
22. Phoebe Tonkin
The Vampire Diaries actress urged her followers to spend less time talking about celebrity gossip and more time discussing the Syrian Civil War.
23. Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich urged those feeling helpless about Aleppo to consider donating to Doctors Without Borders, the White Helmets, and the International Rescue Committee.
24. Wesley Snipes
Actor Wesley Snipes sought to raise awareness about the crisis in Aleppo and Syria.
25. Jordan Doww
The actor and YouTube personality urged folks to speak up and help.
26. Danielle Brooks
The Orange is the New Black actress expressed sadness over what's happening in Aleppo.
27. Chloe Bennet
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress shared a list of organizations working to assist Syrians.
And there are many many more celebs doing the same thing, as well as other ways to become involved and support those experiencing the horrors in Aleppo, even if you're located in the United States.