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ISIL supporters already have a hashtag for the bloody Paris attacks

Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Paris, France, Nov. 13, 2015.
By Caitlin Hu, Loubna Mrie
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

As a series of bloody shootings unfolds across Paris tonight, Nov. 13, leaving dozens of confirmed deaths, support for the city has already begun with the hashtag #portesouvertes. The hashtag is being used to offer shelter in Paris to anyone in the city who is afraid to attempt returning home or taking public transportation.

In a dark turn, apparent supporters of ISIL on Twitter were also using the hashtag #باريس_تشتعل (Paris burns) to spread the news. The same hashtag previously appeared during the January terror attack in Paris on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s offices and on a Paris grocery store.

The hashtag #Parisburns has been repurposed in English to express support for the victims and the city.

French authorities are calling the incident a terrorist attack.

More coverage of the attack can be found here.

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