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Eiffel Tower goes dark in solidarity with people of Aleppo

© Ludovic Marin, AFP|A picture shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris after it went dark for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 19, 2016. The tower will go dark again on December 14, 2016 in solidarity with Aleppo.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-12-14

Paris turned off the famed lights of the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday as a gesture of solidarity with the citizens of the Syrian city of Aleppo, hit by a humanitarian crisis as residents flee heavy fighting.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had said the Eiffel Tower, typically lit by thousands of lights every night, would go dark at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT).

“This symbolic measure at a building known worldwide will aim to once again alert the international community to the need for urgent action,” Hidalgo’s office said in a statement.

Fighting intensified in Aleppo over the last month, leading to concerns around the world over the plight of its citizens, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad moving to take full control of the city.

The Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors on Wednesday, due to a strike by staff.

(REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2016-12-14

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