Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Aleppo 'Twitter girl' is safe after family flees Syrian army advance

Bana al-Abed

A seven-year-old Syrian girl whose Twitter account from Aleppo gained international attention has fled her home amid heavy fighting, but she and her family are safe for now, her father has said.

With her mother's help, Bana al-Abed had been posting heart-rending tweets in English on life in the besieged eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo.

But as Syrian government forces edged closer to their home in recent days, the Abed family fled and the Twitter updates slowed.

"Our house was damaged in bombardment," her father Ghassan told AFP by phone from east Aleppo, two-thirds of which has been seized by advancing government forces.

"The army got really close to our neighbourhood. We fled to another part of east Aleppo and the family is doing well," he said, adding that "the internet connection is very weak here."

Confirming the news on Tuesday morning, the account tweeted: "Hello my friends, how are you? I am fine. I am getting better without medicine with too much bombing. I miss you. - Bana."



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