A different kind of darkness blankets Earth on Nov 15-30

By @vitthernandez on
Minute of Silence for Paris Attack Victims
People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday in Paris, France, November 16, 2015. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

A fake news Web site spread in early October a hoax story that there would be 15 days of darkness in November. It was supposed to start Nov 15 and end Nov 30.

It’s two days after Nov 15, so the apocalyptic warning is definitely a dud and would not happen, declares The Weather Network. Debunking the Internet hoax article point by point, the network concludes that “no matter how many of the details are changed or how much of a story is wrapped around it, at its core, this hoax simply has no basis in reality.”

However, figuratively speaking, the events on Friday the 13th showed the world enveloped in darkness by the terror sowed by the Islamic State (IS) that made two strong earthquakes on the same day appear pale in comparison to damage caused by natural phenomena. Literally, the Eiffel Tower in Paris switched off its light indefinitely to show the world is mourning with the death of 129 Parisians who perished in six separate but coordinated terroristic events on Friday evening.

The main attraction of the City of Lights, disappointed tourists could only gaze at the steel structure and take selfies to serve as their only memory of Paris since a scrolling banner announces grimly, “The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice.” To further confirm the shuttering of the tower are heavily armed soldiers guarding the landmark and the yellow sign that declares “fermee,” reports The Washington Post.

The hoax article says the darkness will last until Nov 30. In an attempt to shed light on the Paris attacks and remove the pallor and gloom that has descended on the capital city, authorities are now hunting the IS terrorists with police raids being done in France and neighbouring Belgium. The New York Times reports that as part of French police’s manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, police raids across France had led to the detention of 23 people.

Meanwhile, Belgian authorities are searching for 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the presumed mastermind of a terror plot stopped in January and now believed to be fighting for the IS in Syria.

France is just on the second of three days of mourning for the victims of the terror attacks in Paris as authorities make the most of the state of emergency declared by President Francois Hollande which ends in 12 days, unless extended by Parliament.

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