'Sir Assad, I'm not a terrorist, I just want to live,' girl, 7, tweets president from Aleppo
A seven-year-old girl who tweets about the daily battle of life in Aleppo has responded to the Syrian president who called her "not a credible source".
Bashar al-Assad told Danish TV2 correspondent Rasmus Tantholdt that Bana Alabed's tweets about the terror she experiences living in the besieged Syrian city were promoted by "terrorists or their supporters".
Responding to the claim, Bana tweeted: "Sir Assad, I'm not a terrorist, I just want to live and no bombing please."
With the help of her mother Fatemah, Bana has tweeted on how the conflict in Aleppo is seen through a child's eyes.
Bana's family 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.
In an interview with ITV News, she pleaded with the world to "listen to us", saying "we are children, we have a right to live".
She added: "Children are dying here, in their schools and homes. Even in hospitals there aren't any medicines for children and the injured."
In an interview with TV2, Assad said that government airstrikes on hospitals and schools would constitute a war crime.
But he insisted that his government or his Russian allies have not intentionally targeted civilians, adding it would be like "shooting ourselves in the foot".
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