Created in September, the account’s following had grown quickly to over 160,000 followers. But after the account vanished from the site after a series of foreboding tweets, its audience grew worried for the family’s safety.
The account’s supposed last tweet read, “We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye. – Fatemah #Aleppo.”
As the news of the account’s deletion permeated headlines on Monday morning, tweets poured in offering concerns and prayers for their safety. No one knew Alabed’s whereabouts or why the account was deleted.
May Allah keep you safe, Bana and family. Please let us know you're safe when you're able. #BanaAlabed— Lil Yum Yum (@ScribeShelly) December 5, 2016
God be with Bana Alabed and her family. Praying they're safe and will have an opportunity to live a better life elsewhere. #Aleppo— Dan Jones (@djonesvi) December 5, 2016
However, a glimmer of hope that they are still alive was offered, BBC reported.
On Monday morning, Alabed's mother tweeted from the account, which mysteriously reappeared but still gave much cause for concern.
Under attack. Nowhere to go, every minute feels like death. Pray for us. Goodbye - Fatemah #Aleppo— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 5, 2016
The account offered a human voice to those arguably affected most by the Syrian war, namely women and children. They tweeted photos and videos of air strikes as well as old family photos of life before the war.
According to reports, the suspected Russian-backed bombings have escalated in recent months, causing hundreds of thousands of Syrians to leave Aleppo.
But, Alabed stayed with her family in the city because they couldn’t bear to leave their home. Her mother reportedly said, “You can’t leave your own skin. This is where our parents lived.”
Their house was eventually destroyed, but they survived to document it on Twitter.
On Saturday, Syrian troops backed by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime seized part of eastern Aleppo, taking over most of the city’s northeast.
Photo: Twitter, @AlabedBana