Palestinian Teen Tweets Dreadful Bombings As They Happen

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By Athena Yenko | July 31, 2014 2:15 PM EST

A Palestinian teen is tweeting the dreadful bombings in Gaza as it happens for she fears that she will be dying any moment.

Farah Baker, a 16-year-old Palestinian teen had been tweeting photos and updates of the bombings as she experiences it every day.

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Palestinians sleep at a United Nations school, where people who fled heavy Israeli shelling in the Shejaia neighbourhood sought refuge during fighting, in Gaza City July 21, 2014. Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500. The overnight raids lifted the Palestinian death toll to 484, mostly civilians, since fighting started on July 8. Israel says 18 of its soldiers have also died along with two civilians.

She had been sharing videos and photos of the bombing under the Twitter handle Farah Gazan since the Israel Defence Forces began its invasion of Gaza on July 8.

To date, her Twitter account has now more than 16,000 followers and her posts were already shared 10,000 times, according to TwitterCounter.com.

On Monday, she tweeted that she has the feeling of dying at that very night as bombings continue to happen in Gaza.

On Tuesday, she tweeted that she had survived Monday night and is very surprised to be waking up alive.

Baker should have been enjoying her summer vacation but unfortunately she has to live each day and each night scared, sleepless as missiles beamed across the night time sky.

Her parents could only console her two younger siblings ages 14 and 6.

She fears for their lives every day as four of their relatives had already died when Israeli bombed a beach earlier this months. Her mother had already suffered injuries when explosion happened just outside their house. Pieces of glasses from a shattered window cut her mother's hand.

Baker had already survived two major invasions on Gaza. The first was the Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 and the second was the Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

She shared that she used to think that the 2008 bombing was the worst. However, the recent bombings proved to be much worse as she feels that she could die any moment.

"My two sisters, who are 14 and 6 years old, stood in the room hugging my mom, and whenever they heard the bombs they started shouting to try to drown out the noise - but it was too loud. I don't leave home, it's unsafe outside. During the ceasefire I was able to go and see some of my friends but apart from that I stay indoors," Baker told the Daily Mail.

A normal meal for Baker is having the sounds of explosion on the background, burning cars outside, and her home shaking from time to time.

At one point her neurosurgeon father showed her 'a fragment from the brain of a 9-year-old child' hurt during a blast.

See more of her tweets.

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Palestinians sleep at a United Nations school, where people who fled heavy Israeli shelling in the Shejaia neighbourhood sought refuge during fighting, in Gaza City July 21, 2014. Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500. The overnight raids lifted the Palestinian death toll to 484, mostly civilians, since fighting started on July 8. Israel says 18 of its soldiers have also died along with two civilians.
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