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L.A. City Hall Lit Up With Lebanese Flag to Show Support Over Beirut Blast

Beirut is a sister city of Los Angeles.
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August 6, 2020
L.A. City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Hall will be lit up with the Lebanese flag in a sign of solidarity with the country over the explosions in Beirut on Aug. 4.

ABC7 anchor Marc Brown tweeted that City Hall will be lit up starting on the evening of Aug. 6.

Beirut is a sister city of Los Angeles.

American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Director Richard S. Hirschhaut said in a statement to the Journal, “Following Tel Aviv’s lead, this is an important gesture and demonstration of our shared humanity and compassion. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that life truly is fragile and we really are all in this together.”

Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles Interim Regional Director Ariella Lowenstein also said in a statement to the Journal, “This symbolic act represents the most basic human support for people who have endured a terrible tragedy.”

Tel Aviv lit up its City Hall with the colors of the Lebanese flag on the evening of Aug. 5. The city posted on its Twitter account, “The city hall building is lit tonight with the Lebanese flag. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Lebanese people and all those affected by the terrible disaster in #Beirut.”

The explosions at a Beirut port killed more than 100 people and thousands were injured. The explosions are believed to have been the result of a fire at a warehouse containing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound commonly used in fertilizer.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted out a photo on Aug. 6 of city hall lit up in Lebanese flag colors.

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