Aleppo’s ‘tweeting girl’ meets Turkish president

This image made from video released by Qasioun News Agency, a media opposition platform with reporters inside Syria, shows Fatemah Alabed, with her 7-year-old daughter Bana, speaking after they reached the Aleppo countryside following the evacuation of their city, Syria. They spoke to the cameras about their evacuation and their widely-distributed Twitter account. The mother and daughter pair maintained a Twitter account from inside east Aleppo that exposed the horrors of the government's siege of the rebel enclave in the city. (Qasioun News Agency via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) – A 7-year-old Syrian girl whose mother ran a Twitter account in her name about life in besieged eastern Aleppo has met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Bana Alabed’s mother Fatemah set up and began operating the account in September, tweeting on her daughter’s behalf. The account has garnered some 354,000 followers.

The girl and her family say they were evacuated along with other civilians from eastern Aleppo, which had been besieged by government forces backed by Russian air raids, on Monday as part of a deal that saw residents of the former rebel enclave head to other parts of the country.

The child’s social media account has included tweets to people such as Michelle Obama and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, asking them for help.

Bana, her parents and two younger siblings were pictured with Erdogan, who hosted them in his presidential complex Wednesday. Erdogan tweeted photos of Bana and one of his brothers sitting on his lap, saying that “Turkey will always stand with the people of Syria.”

Turkey supports rebels opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

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