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Egypt's pyramids, Dubai's Burj Khalifa light up in solidarity with Beirut

Condolences and offers of support have poured in from around the world [Twitter]

Date of publication: 5 August, 2020

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World landmarks lit up in solidarity with Lebanon on Tuesday as the hashtag #PrayforBeirut trended on Twitter.

The blasts that devastated Lebanon’s capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding 4,000, has prompted displays of solidarity from across the world, including at world famous landmarks.

On Tuesday evening, the Great Pyramid of Giza lit up with a projection of the Lebanese flag on the ancient Egyptian structure.

In the UAE, the Lebanese triband flag illuminated the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

On Twitter, the Burj Khalifa's official account posted a picture of the world's tallest building with its tribute to the victims of the blast, with the caption: "In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in #Lebanon."

Paris' Eiffel Tower is expected to be illuminated with the colours of the Lebanese flag in an act of solidarity.

Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos across the Lebanese capital.

The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, flattened the harbourside and drove a tornado-like shockwave through the city, shattering windows kilometres away.

Bloodied and dazed people stumbled among the debris, glass shards and burning buildings in the immediate aftermath of the blasts. A day later, search and rescue teams continue to seek out more than 100 people who are still missing.

Condolences poured in from across the world with Gulf nations, the US and even Lebanon's arch foe Israel offering to send aid.

The explosions hit a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades which has left nearly half of the population in poverty, as well as from the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: World offers support, condolences to Lebanon after devastating blasts

Lebanon's economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting, businesses closing en masse and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment. 

Charity Save the Children said "the incident could not have occurred at a worse time". 

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