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Syrian Girl, Famous For Tweets, Welcomes Trump’s Airstrike

Bana Alabed, who became famous on Twitter account for documenting life in the besieged city of Aleppo, supports U.S. missile attacks

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Bana Alabed uses smartphone to tweet from East Aleppo — AFP/Getty Images
Apr 07, 2017 at 5:49 PM ET

Seven-year-old Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, who became famous for tweets that documented life in the besieged city of Aleppo, welcomed President Donald Trump’s missile attacks in Syria.

“I am a Syrian child who suffered under Bashar al Asad [sic] & Putin. I welcome Donald Trump action against the killers of my people,” Bana wrote in a tweet on Friday morning. “Putin and Bashar al Asad bombed my school, killed my friends & robbed my childhood. It’s time to punish the killers of children in Syria.”

On Thursday night, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase, which Trump said was in retaliation for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapon attacks on civilians early this week. It was the U.S.’s first assault against the Assad regime since the civil war began in 2011. Syria reported that six people were killed.

Bana, whose Twitter account now has over 350 thousand followers, began documenting her daily life and the conflict with her mother, Fatema, in September. Fatema created her own official account in December. Bana and her family fled to Turkey in December, where they reside.

In January, Fatemah shared a letter with the BBC Bana wrote to Trump. “You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you,” she said. Trump, who had pushed to ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely, said in response on Thursday to Assad’s attacks, “Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”

Bana has also criticized Trump’s travel ban. In February, she asked him on Twitter, “Am I a terrorist?” after he tweeted that the ban is meant to keep “bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!”

Fatemah was less supportive of Trump’s airstrikes, but wasn’t critical either.

Some of Bana’s long time followers said her support for Trump was hypocritical.