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Bana al-Abed, Aleppo's Twitter Girl, Evacuated to Turkey

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Syrian Bana al-Abed, who with the help of her mother had been posting heartrending tweets in English on life in the besieged eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo, prepares a placard on Oct. 10, 2016. (Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 01:20 PM

Bana al-Abed, the 7-year-old girl who became known worldwide by tweeting from war-torn eastern Aleppo, was reportedly safely evacuated from the city late Sunday and airlifted to Turkey Monday afternoon.

The girl traveled to Turkey with her mother, father and two younger brothers, the BBC News reported. She joined Twitter in September and had been tweeting about her life in the Syrian town, which was once a stronghold for the rebels against the Syrian government, the BBC News noted.

She picked up more than 325,000 followers on the social media network as she tweeted about life in the war zone, from the death of her friends to the efforts her family tried to make to live a normal life there.

The Washington Post compared Bana with Anne Frank, a Dutch teenager who chronicled the German occupation of the Netherlands in hiding during World War II before she was killed. Bana and her mother Fatemah tweeted more frequently as they described how the Syrian regime army came closer to their neighborhood, the Post noted.

Fatemah told NBC News Monday that the family spent 18 hours on a bus as they were evacuated out of eastern Aleppo.

"I really have two feelings ... between sadness and happiness," Fatemah told NBC News in a Skype interview. "I feel that my children in safer place, but we don't know how long we will be safe, and I don't know where we go."

The family was evacuated as part of a coordinated international humanitarian effort in a city that had been divided during Syria's five-year civil war between pro-government and rebel forces, NBC News noted. The Syrian troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, have battered eastern Aleppo in recent week.

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Bana al-Abed, the 7-year-old girl who became known worldwide by tweeting from war-torn eastern Aleppo, was reportedly safely evacuated from the city late Sunday and airlifted to Turkey Monday afternoon.
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