(Al Jazeera) – Syrian government forces sent a text message to residents of east Aleppo on Sunday, demanding they leave the rebel-controlled area within 24 hours or risk their lives during a major offensive. “Our dear people living in east Aleppo, the militants kill your children and take your women,” read the text message, which declared the government’s intent to retake rebel-held districts of the city. Approximately 250,000 people are believed to be living in besieged east Aleppo, and Syrian government forces have reversed recent gains rebels made last month in their effort to break the siege.