Secret Syria network saves lives with air raid warnings

Activists in a rebel-held area in northwestern Syria are using mobile phone network to sound warning sirens that prompt civilians to take cover before incoming air raidsMoments later, activists in a rebel-held area in northwestern Syria sound warning sirens that prompt civilians to take cover before incoming air raids. The message, sent via the mobile application WhatsApp, is part of an effort by a network of civilian and rebel coordinators across Syria who call themselves “the monitors”. From positions near government-held military airports, they use messaging services or walkie-talkies — depending on Internet coverage — to warn activists, medics, and rebels about incoming aerial attacks.

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