Tweeting from Gaza warzone provides life line for Farah

Aug 11, 2014

A Palestinian teenage tweeter from Gaza accumulates more than 166,000 followers with her personal glimpses of the conflict that has been going on for a month. Video: Reuters

As bombs explode in Gaza, Palestinian teenager Farah Baker grabs her smartphone or laptop before ducking for cover to tap out tweets that capture the drama of the tumult and fear around her.

The 16-year-old's prolific posts on Twitter have made her a social media sensation through the month-old conflict. Once a little known high school athlete, Baker's following on the web has jumped from a mere 800 to a whopping 166,000.

Living near Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, where her father is a surgeon, provides Baker with a live feed of blaring ambulance sirens in addition to blasts from Israeli air strikes and shelling attacks.

Baker often records these and posts video clips to provide followers with a quick personal glimpse of the war.

A tweet from Aug. 1 included a link to a video of a darkened street punctuated by the sounds of repeated explosions. In another tweet Baker tells of hiding from the shelling in one of the rooms of her home.

Baker, calling herself "Guess what", or @Farah_Gazan, said she's surprised at the popularity she has garnered.

A month of war has killed 1,910 Palestinians and 67 Israelis while devastating wide tracts of densely populated Gaza.

Reuters

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