Eiffel Tower blacks out to show support for people of Aleppo

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said it was a protest at the "unbearable" situation for civilians in the city where fighting raged during the day.

Eiffel Tower blacks out to show support for people of Aleppo

In a gesture showing support for the people of the shattered Syrian city of Aleppo, Paris turned off the lights of the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said it was a protest at the "unbearable" situation for civilians in the city where fighting raged during the day. The monument was plunged into darkness from 8: 00 pm (1900 GMT).

Late on Wednesday, Rebel forces announced a new deal to allow residents to be evacuated from the city.


Hidalgo said in a statement before the lights on the tower were switched off that "the final roads of Aleppo held by the opposition are being taken by the regime, creating hundreds of victims".

Several hundred people demonstrated in Paris on Wednesday in support of Aleppo's residents, an AFP journalist reported.

Some of the protesters wore a piece of red clothing to symbolise the blood spilled in the fierce battle for Syria's second city.

Rebel groups said late on Wednesday that evacuations would take place in the early hours of Thursday.

There has been no official confirmation so far from the Syrian government or its major ally Russia.

But Reuters news agency quoted one Syrian official source on Thursday morning as saying that the "operation to organise the departure of gunmen from eastern Aleppo has now started".

A media unit run by the Lebanese Shia Muslim movement Hezbollah, a backer of the Syrian government, said there had been "big complications" but that "intensive contacts between the responsible parties... led to re-consolidating a ceasefire to exit armed fighters from eastern districts in the next few hours".