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France pays tributes to victims of Paris massacre

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paris tributesParis : France conducted a mass service for the victims massacred in Paris attacks two weeks ago. To express their deepest empathy, the people of France came together from far and wide to attend and participate in the service. This national memorial service is specially for the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks two weeks ago. Huge footfalls added to the tribute service as around 1,000 people attended the service in central Paris, including President Francois Hollande, and specially present were the survivors of the attacks and victims’ families. A minute’s silence followed by announcing the names of all the victims, reading out their names while paying tribute — marked the united fight of civilians against such terrorist attacks in the state.

Attackers with assault rifles and suicide belts targeted a number of sites in the capital. In what came out as a series of co-ordinated attacks on 13 November, the gunmen opened fire on restaurants and bars in the city and stormed a concert hall, where 89 people were shot dead. Three more attackers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, after staff denied them entry to a football match between France and Germany. More than 350 people were injured in the attacks – the worst in recent French history.

Islamic State later claimed it was behind the assault.

Entire humanity must stand together against terrorism, says PM Modi

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g20 summitAntalya : Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his views using strong words and reached out to the global world leaders using G 20 summit and BRICS platform as a medium to re-emphasize the urgency of fight against terrorism. United together, terrorism can be fought with grit and determination, indicated PM Modi, while joining world leaders in calling for joint action against terrorism.

PM Modi on Sunday brought attention into defining steps which could result in containing fund flow towards terrorist funding by choking financing facilitation. He also spoke about steps which must be immediately taken in snapping supply of arms and communication channels of terrorists, for which an enhanced effort towards global cooperation would be urgently required which could check use of cyber networks by militant groups.

Strongly condemning Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, Modi, at a meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sideline of the G20 Summit here, made a case for united global effort to combat the menace of terrorism. He said – We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terrorism in Paris. The entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism. The need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent. Combating terrorism must also be a priority for BRICS nations. We express deepest sympathy and support to Russia for the loss of life in Sinai. Ankara and Beirut are also reminders of terror’s growing spread and impact.

Speaking on a global strategy towards terror attacks, PM Modi said that counter-terrorism should become an important aspect of the BRICS countries’ work. He said, the scourge of terrorism is growing, and all humankind should unite to fight it. This must be a priority for BRICS countries as well. Leaders of other BRICS nations too joined PM Modi in the fight against terror and condemned terror attacks in strong words.

Modi said G20 should promote stronger global action to address security challenges, and the route for achieving this should filter through taking decisive steps to stop the flow of arms and explosives to terrorist groups, create special international legal regime to disrupt terrorist activities. In his exact words  — The G20 should cooperate in preventing the use of cyber networks by terrorist groups and adopt at an early stage Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The meeting(this session) is being held under “the tragic shadow of dreadful acts of terrorism” and leaders are “united by a sense shock, pain and outrage.We are united in condemning the barbaric attacks in Paris this week; and, the recent bombings in Ankara and Lebanon. We share the sorrow of Russia for the lost lives in the fallen aircraft in Sinai. These alone are a stark reminder of the dark force we face– larger than specific groups and particular targets and territories. Terror is a major global challenge. It not only takes a tragic toll of lives, it also extracts a huge economic cost and threatens our way of life. It calls for a comprehensive global response. Combating it must be major priority for G20.

Several leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the Paris terror strikes and joined voices in discussing ways to tackle terrorism and contain the channels of terror financing. The leaders of 20 large economies today observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the deplorable terrorist attacks in Paris. The killing of 129 persons in Paris terror attacks linked to the Islamic State ahead of the G20 Summit reflected strongly on BRICS and G 20 summit and put pressure on global leaders to enhance cooperation in their fight against terrorism.

France retaliates with bombing Syria

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french jets bomb syriaParis : France retaliated with heavy bombing in Syria as an aftermath of serial blasts in France past weekend, which rendered dozens injured and caused huge fatalities. French fighter jets, more than a dozen on their count, bombed a series of ISIS sites in Raqqa, Syria, on Sunday in what officials described as a major bombardment.The airstrikes came two days after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris. ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attacks, propelling the French leadership to take immediate retaliation. the attacks received worldwide condemnation and world leaders who had come together for the G 20 summit in Turkey, condemned the attacks with severity, terming it an assault on humanity and civilized world. Turkey too witnessed a similar one-off situation in the vicinity of G 20 avenue, promoting intense criticism from world leaders, and making them stand united against terror, with a stronger determination and commitment.

France’s President Hollande had earlier described the serial attacks as an ‘an act of war’ and had made very clear, France’s intentions of not taking it on their chin and retaliating with a much stronger bombing rebuttal. The last night air strikes from French fighter jets confirmed the France government’s will and converted the words into bombarding action-oriented retaliation.

Raqqa found the bombs arriving as ISIS has claimed Raqqa as the capital of its so-called caliphate. The targets in Sunday’s airstrikes included a command center, a recruitment center, an ammunition storage base and a training camp for the terror group, as confirmed by Mickael Soria, press adviser for France’s defense minister.

Twelve aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, were involved in the airstrikes, from which, twenty bombs were dropped, which fell bang on the targets and resulted in destroying of all of the targets. However, an ISIS media wing claimed that the sites had been abandoned prior to the attack and said there were no casualties.

France had been conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria since September as part of a U.S.-led coalition.The recent retaliation attack had French jets involved in the French airstrikes, the jets took off from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan in a mission carried out in coordination with U.S. forces, the French defense ministry said in a statement late Sunday. The sites targeted inside Raqqa were identified in earlier French missions too. The airstrikes hit several key ISIS facilities, including the city’s stadium, which was used by ISIS as both its headquarters and a jail.

Paris attacks: at least 118 killed in gunfire and blasts

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Paris: Gunfire and blasts at different places in Paris Friday night have left more than 118 dead and many others wounded.

At the Bataclan concert hall, the target of the worst attack, it has been reported that those among the audience were being shot one after the other.

Three of the attackers are said to be have been killed at the concert hall. Before the police moved in on the concert hall, the attackers took many as hostage. Later the French President Francois Hollande said that the attackers would be dealt with “without mercy”

Paris attacksPolice told a news agency that more than 100 people had died at this venue. There have been more casualties in the series of gun atatcks near the Stade de France and city centre restaurants.

A national State of Emergency has been declared and France has sealed its borders.

The terror targets:
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  • Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district
  • Le Carillon, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district, and
    Le Petit Cambodge, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district
  • La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district
  • Near Stade de France, St Denis, North of Paris