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Aleppo Under Siege: Battle of daily life seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl

A seven-year-old girl who has been documenting the daily battle of life in besieged Aleppo has spoken to ITV News to reveal how the conflict is seen through a child's eyes.

With the help of her mother, Bana al-Abed has been tweeting to show the terror and destruction the trapped residents have to face on a regular basis.

In an interview with ITV News, she has now pleaded with the world to "listen to us", saying "we are children, we have a right to live".

She said: "We are not terrorists."

Bana al-Abed dreams of becoming a teacher. Credit: Mojahed Abo Al Jood

We want the world to listen to us, Bashar al-Assad and Putin kill children, bomb schools and hospitals and besieged civilians. There is no water. There is no milk.

– Bana
Bana al-Abed is pictured alongside her two younger brothers. Credit: Bana al-Abed/Twitter

Bana's family - her mother Fatemah, aged 26, and her two younger brothers - are among thousands of citizens held inside the rebel-held city as it continues to be bombarded by Syrian government troops and their Russian allies.

She said: "I’m afraid of war planes and shells, they kill us. We are children.

Bana al-Abed covers her ears as explosions are heard outside. Credit: Bana al-Abed/Twitter

"Children are dying here, in their schools and homes. Even in hospitals there aren't any medicines for children and the injured."

She added: "Yesterday bombs fell. One here at my home and one at my grandma's house".

Her mother has insisted their tweets are only used as a way to explain the horrors of Aleppo - which has robbed her children of a normal childhood - instead of being used for propaganda, and appealed for the world to notice.

Fatemah has pleaded for the international community to act. Credit: Mojahed Abo Al Jood

Fatemah said: "I hope the world [notice] our kids like their kids - they deserve a life."