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Paris to turn off Eiffel Tower lights in solidarity with Christians in Egypt

 A file picture shows the famed Eiffel Tower (completed in 1889) in Paris, France, on Mar. 17, 2017.

A file picture shows the famed Eiffel Tower (completed in 1889) in Paris, France, on Mar. 17, 2017.

Paris, May 26 (efe-epa).- The lights of the Eiffel Tower are set to be turned off on Friday night in support for the Coptic community of Egypt, where a bus carrying Coptic Christians was shot at by gunmen killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 20 in Minya province in the south of the country.

The symbolic blackout of the monument was announced by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, from her Twitter account.

Hidalgo, in the first of the two tweets she dedicated to the attack, lamented that the Christian community in Egypt was again the target of a barbaric and cowardly attack, adding that her thoughts are with the victims and their families.

On Friday night, the Eiffel Tower will be shut down from 12:45 am as a sign of sympathy to Egyptian Copts, said her second tweet.

Built to the west of Paris in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world and one of the characteristic views of the city.

The last time the monument's lights were turned off was on May 23, in tribute to the 22 people killed and dozens wounded in the terror attack in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

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