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Girl resumes tweets from Aleppo after falling silent Sunday

A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo have put a human face on the Syrian conflict had her Twitter account deleted Sunday, but was back online the next day with tales of a terrifying few days.

7-year-old's English Twitter account pops up again after bombing in Syria

Twitter photo of Bana Alabed, 7, of Aleppo, Syria, was posted late last month from inside besieged Aleppo. (Bana Alabed/Twitter)

A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo have put a human face on the Syrian conflict had her Twitter account deleted Sunday, but was back online today with tales of a terrifying few days. 

Bana Alabed, who had tweeted in English with the help of her mother, a teacher, stopped posting Friday after heavy bombardments in eastern Aleppo.

On Sunday, her account was deleted, with the message, "Sorry that page does not exist" appearing at @AlabedBana.

While her 200,000 followers around the world worried about her safety, the Alabed family was enduring a bombing campaign as Syrian troops and their supporters entered the city.

Last week, Bana's mother Fatemah posted a picture of the child covered in dust, describing the bombardment of their house as government forces advanced on the eastern rebel-held parts of the city. 

'We will see each other another day'

One of the last tweets before the account was shut down read: "We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye. - Fatemah."

But in a more recent tweet, Bana wrote about losing one of her friends in the bombing. Tweets dated Dec. 3 urged supporters to retweet #EvacuateAleppoKids. "Please everybody tweet this & spread. Kids are dying," one tweet said.

On Monday, Fatemah issued a new tweet: "Under attack. Nowhere to go, every minute feels like death. Pray for us. Goodbye – Fatemah #Aleppo." 

Bana's stories have not been independently confirmed, as she apparently lives in a war zone.

In an interview on Danish TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed her as "not a credible source."

Residents of eastern Aleppo say communicating with the outside world has grown more difficult as internet services have been knocked out during government advances. 

Bana Alabed said she is using solar power to recharge her cellphone.

On Sunday, the Syrian army moved into eastern Aleppo, and claimed to control half the city.

J.K. Rowling follows Bana

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has taken a personal interest in Bana's story, retweeted a distressing message from Bana's account that said, "I have not medicine, no home, no clean water. This will make me die even before a bomb kill me."

The child also sent a video of herself directly to Rowling, saying, "I am on the run. Now I fear being killed. Please save us."

Rowling had sent the girl digital editions of the Harry Potter books so she could have something to read as she was confined to her home.

With files from Reuters

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