President Erdoğan hands Turkish ID card to ‘Syrian Twitter girl’ Bana
ANKARAPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 12 handed Turkish citizen identity cards to Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old “Syrian Twitter girl” who attracted the world’s attention while tweeting from war-torn Aleppo, and her family.
Erdoğan met with the Alabed family at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport ahead of his departure to China.
He later handed identity cards to the family and had pictures taken with them.
Alabed was known for her active Twitter use, despite her young age, and for her coverage of war in her hometown Aleppo in Syria.
Her Twitter account, which has hundreds of thousands of followers, frequently posted photos of the destruction in Aleppo including her rubble-littered street.
She was eventually evacuated from Aleppo on Dec. 19, 2016.
After recently moving to Turkey with her family, the young girl was previously hosted by Erdoğan at his presidential residence in Ankara.