Bana al-Abed from Aleppo reached out to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Twitter asking for help as the Assad regime resumed its attacks on eastern Aleppo despite the truce deal that was reached Tuesday.
Keep your hope my sister. Turkey hears your call. We work hard to end the nightmare you and many children in Syria are going through. https://t.co/MMwe0QPteP— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) December 14, 2016
The 7-year-old girl took to her Twitter account and asked "Sir Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, we had hope yesterday but what's happening now?" She continued her post saying: "Please help us now. No more time left. Thank you."
Minister Çavuşoğlu replied: "Keep your hope my sister. Turkey hears your call. We work hard to end the nightmare you and many children in Syria are going through."
Bana al-Abed is a verified Twitter personality who tweets mostly about airstrikes, death, fear and hunger in eastern Aleppo. She calls for peace, and regularly shares photos and videos. She briefly disappeared online recently, prompting concerns on her wellbeing amid heavy bombardment but later returned with a tweet reading "Under attack. Nowhere to go, every minute feels like death. Pray for us. Goodbye."
Her account is managed by her mother Fatemah, who is reportedly an English teacher. She currently has over 280,000 followers.
Assad regime forces and Iran-backed Shiite militias attacked Aleppo on Wednesday, violating the latest truce reached after mediation efforts from Turkey. Syrian opposition officials confirmed the attacks in Aleppo and said that regime forces have resumed despite the cease-fire deal.
Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which had erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.
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