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France: Paris's Lebanese community hold vigil to honour Beirut blast victims02:35

France: Paris's Lebanese community hold vigil to honour Beirut blast victims

France, Paris
August 6, 2020 at 02:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Members of the Lebanese community of Paris held a vigil in front of the Sacre Coeur Basilica on Wednesday, to pay their respects to the victims of yesterday's explosions in Beirut.

Earlier, attendees unfurled a large Lebanese flag in front of the landmark and held a vigil to honour those that lost their lives.

One attendee Maxime said, "We're so glad to see solidarity from the whole world and from France in particular" he added, "Although we were not directly affected but our families there are the ones who are affected, everyone thinks about them, it is good to be together today."

Two huge blasts rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the latest data the blasts killed more than 135 people and left about 5,000 wounded, while many more remain missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

France: Paris's Lebanese community hold vigil to honour Beirut blast victims02:35
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Members of the Lebanese community of Paris held a vigil in front of the Sacre Coeur Basilica on Wednesday, to pay their respects to the victims of yesterday's explosions in Beirut.

Earlier, attendees unfurled a large Lebanese flag in front of the landmark and held a vigil to honour those that lost their lives.

One attendee Maxime said, "We're so glad to see solidarity from the whole world and from France in particular" he added, "Although we were not directly affected but our families there are the ones who are affected, everyone thinks about them, it is good to be together today."

Two huge blasts rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the latest data the blasts killed more than 135 people and left about 5,000 wounded, while many more remain missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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