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Iconic world landmarks including Eiffel Tower pay tribute to Orlando shooting victims

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 June 2016, 15:41 IST

At least 50 people were killed and 53 injured in a deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on 11 June. In the wake of the attack - the worst mass shooting incident in the United States - iconic landmarks around the world were awash in the colours of the pride flag.

The Eiffel Tower was one of the first world landmarks to be lit up in rainbow colours to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack.

Paris, a city that suffered its own night of terror in November 2015, which claimed the lives of 130 people, lit up the Eiffel Tower in a beautiful and touching show of solidarity.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted: "Paris stands with Orlando. Tonight, The Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the LGBT colours in honour of the victims #lovewins."

Over in Scotland, the rainbow flag flies above the parliament. "Scotland stands in solidarity with the people of Orlando, and LGBTI communities across the world," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

In Tel Aviv, a video shows City Hall lit up in rainbow colors.

In Australia, Sydney's Town Hall was lit up in pink.

The National Theatre in London was another landmark to shine bright in the colors of the rianbow.

The US Embassy in Delhi on Monday lit up its building with rainbow colours to show solidarity towards the LGBT community in the wake of an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando which left 50 dead.

"The US stands firmly by the principles of equality for all, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

"It is in this spirit, and in celebration of June's LGBTI Pride month, that the US Embassy is lighting the Embassy building in the iconic colours of the LGBTI movement," said Michael Pelletier, Charges d' Affaires at the US Embassy in Delhi in a statement.

US embassy in Delhi lit up with rainbow colours in solidarity with Orlando's LGBT community (Photo: ANI)
First published: 14 June 2016, 15:41 IST