US flags to be flown at half-mast as France mourns Nice attack

Published on : Friday, July 15, 2016

US flags to be flownUS President Barack Obama has asked all flags at U.S. government facilities, including embassies and consulates abroad, to be flown at half-staff for the next four days in memory of the victims of the truck attack in Nice, France.

In a presidential communiqué issued by the White House on Friday, Obama ordered the flags to be lowered until sunset on Tuesday.

Obama issued a statement condemning the attack, which killed at least 84 people and wounded more than 200 others, late Thursday and he is expected to speak about it at a reception for foreign diplomats at the White House later on Friday.

Obama also has called French President Francois Hollande to offer him condolences on behalf of the American people.

President Francois Hollande declared three days of national mourning from Saturday in homage to the victims. Flags were lowered to half-staff in Paris and in Nice Friday as Hollande flew in to visit the injured in Nice’s Pasteur Hospital alongside Health Minister Marisol Touraine.

Police said a Tunisian living in France drove a large truck Thursday night through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along the famed promenade in the southern French city. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker.

Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has condemned the truck attack in France that killed at least 84 people in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations.

Hezbollah said in a statement Friday that a wave of terrorism hitting the world doesn’t differentiate between “old or young, white or black and is not targeting a specific religion but humanity.”

The group said that “what Western countries are witnessing is a reflection to “terrorism that we are living in our region that has burnt our people.”

Different parts of France have planned vigils and rallies in mourning at the scores who lost their lives and defiance against the driver who took them.


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