Egyptian flag lights up TA City Hall in solidarity with mosque victims
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Egyptian flag lights up TA City Hall in solidarity with mosque victims

For a second time, Israeli city pays respects to its Arab neighbor following a deadly terror attack

The Tel Aviv Municipality building lit in the colors of the Egyptian flag on May 28, 2017 to show solidarity with Christian Copts killed in a terror attack near Cairo a day earlier. (Tel Aviv Municipality)
The Tel Aviv Municipality building lit in the colors of the Egyptian flag on May 28, 2017 to show solidarity with Christian Copts killed in a terror attack near Cairo a day earlier. (Tel Aviv Municipality)

The Egyptian flag lit up the facade of the Tel Aviv municipality building Friday evening, hours after terrorists attacked a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 235 people.

The building has been illuminated in the colors of various flags following other international terror attacks, but the gesture has only been made towards an Arab country (also Egypt) once before: in May, when 29 Christian Copts were killed in a deadly shooting attack near Cairo.

Expressions of solidarity with Egypt were likely to take place around the world. Earlier Paris’s mayor said the Eiffel Tower would go black at midnight in homage to the victims of the deadly assault.

Friday’s attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, in the north Sinai town of Bir al-Abd. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.

Officials said terrorists in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshipers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.

AP contributed to this report.

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