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Gaza teen tweets experience of overnight bombardment

Farah Baker, the 16-year-old whose vivid pictures and videos have shown daily life under Israeli bombardment on Twitter. Photo: Twitter.

A 16-year-old girl has used Twitter to vividly described the terror of living through Israel's military campaign in Gaza.

Farah Baker has endured three offensives by the Israeli military in her young life, but said last night's airstrikes and ongoing ground attacks made her feel like she was going to die like never before.

Posting videos, audio and pictures of shelling and rocket attacks over the past few weeks she has shown the very human cost of the offensive as felt by Gaza's 1.8 million citizens.

Last night, as the strikes closed in around her area, she shared her despair whilst capturing striking images of shelling lighting up the skies.

The teenager is just one year shy of the 17-year-old average age of Gaza's population.

Israel says the offensives are to stop rockets being fired into cities and settlements.

So far more than 1,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed along with almost 50 Israelis, mostly soldiers, since the violence began nearly three weeks ago.

Her emotive tweets and startling images have gathered her a large online audience of followers and well-wishers.

Farah has also blogged about her feelings as a young person caught up in the conflict since 2012. Passionately pro-Hamas, she dismissed claims by the Israeli military that they hid behind civilians.

Read: Israeli military claims Hamas hides weapons in homes and mosques

Her graphic pictures of the young casualties of the war are often accompanied with impassioned pleas and outraged questions.

Where should we hide from this wicked world? Maybe graves are safest, but house in Gaza which are unsafe are like graves because they are always dark because of a power cut, and when a house bombed it buries dead people under its stones, so even graves become unsafe! Where should we go?

– Farah Baker

This morning she posted that she was happy to be alive, and thanked her thousands of followers for their concern for her welfare.