Paris, Istanbul, Toronto In Solidarity With Mogadishu
The deaths of at least 302 people in last Saturday's Mogadishu bombing has drawn sympathy from across the world. The French capital Paris became the first international city to show solidarity with Somalia. Paris' Mayor ordered for the dimming of the famous Eiffel Tower at exactly midnight Central European time. "At the request of the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo the Eiffel Tower lights will be symbolically turned off tonight from midnight to pay tribute to the victimsbof the Mogadishu attack" a statement from the Eiffel Tower Operating Company said. "All the staff of the Eiffel Tower Operating Company fully support this initiative of the City of Paris and their thoughts go to the families of victims" the statement added. Mogadishu Mayor expressed appreciation to his French counterpart. "As Mayor of Mogadishu I want to thank Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo for showing solidarity with the people of Mogadishu" Mayor Thabit Mohamed tweeted. In Toronto Canada where there is a significant Somali immigrant community a similar show of solidarity was expressed. "The Toronto sign will be lit in the colours of Somalia's flag today in memory of the innocent victims of terrorism in Mogadishu" Mayor John Troy tweeted. "Our thoughts are with Somalia" he added. "Thank you Mayor John Troy and the people of Toronto for this act of kindness and humanity" Mayor Thabit reacted. In Turkey which was the first foreign country to respond to the tragedy the famous Instanbul bridge was illuminated overnight with the blue white colours of the Somali flag.