Turkey, Middle East

Erdogan gives Aleppo’s ‘Twitter girl’, family Turkish ID

7-year-old Syrian activist and her family are granted Turkish citizenship by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Yuksel Serdar Oguz   | 12.05.2017
Erdogan gives Aleppo’s ‘Twitter girl’, family Turkish ID 7-year-old Syrian activist and her family are granted Turkish citizenship by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday gave a Turkish national ID card to seven-year-old Syrian activist Bana Alabed, who recently fled to Turkey from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Bana, her mother, father and two little brothers -- who were also granted Turkish citizenship -- had been among thousands of people evacuated from the regime-besieged city of Aleppo last December.

Shortly after the Alabed family's arrival in Turkey, they were officially welcomed by Erdogan and his wife, Emine, in capital Ankara.

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