Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

Palestinian Teen Tweets About the Tensions in Gaza

farah-bakerAs 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 site 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.

Denisha Sahadevan

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Palestinian Teen Tweets About the Tensions in Gaza