After the Easter Sunday blasts that targeted churches and hotels of Sri Lanka, many countries came forward to stand in solidarity with the bereaved nation.
Tributes poured out from across the world and various international leaders condemned the terrorist the bombings of Colombo that killed nearly 253 people and injured more than 500.
There have been multiple signs of solidarity from the Eiffel tower switching all of its lights off to the world’s tallest building being lit up in the colours of the Sri Lankan flag.
The official Twitter handle of the Burj Khalifa of the UAE tweeted on Thursday saying, “Here’s to a world build in solidarity and coexistence.”
The photo in the tweet contained the world’s tallest building having Sri Lanka’s map projected on it.
In fact, it wasn’t just the Burj Khalifa that bathed in the colours of Sri Lanka’s flag but several other prominent structures in the UAE were also lit up in support. The headquarters of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Marina Mall, the Capital Tower and Shaikh Zayed Bridge, all soared up in harmony.
Previously, the Eiffel Tower, one of the seven wonders of the world, and the Toronto sign also had their lights turned off as the nations condemned the loss of Sri Lanka and hundreds who were killed in the attacks.
The Municipality Building in Israel’s capital Tel Aviv was also lit up in the colours of the Sri Lankan flag on April 21.
The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts on April 20 were the South Asian island nation’s deadliest violence in a decade. The government blocked most social media to curtail false information. Even after an overnight, nationwide curfew was lifted, the streets of central Colombo remained mostly deserted and shops closed as armed soldiers stood guard.
The island nation’s government revised the death toll from the Easter bombings down by 100 on Thursday. The said that the difficulty in identifying body parts at the bomb scenes resulted in the inaccurate number.
The Islamic State group claimed the responsibility of the Easter attacks on Sri Lanka by releasing a video that showed eight men standing under a black Islamic State flag as they declared loyalty to their leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.