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Abbas, FM express deep sorrow in wake of Notre Dame fire

April 16, 2019 1:02 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2019 10:10 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Foreign Ministry expressed deep sorrow in two separate statements at the Notre Dame Cathedral massive fire in Paris, on Tuesday.

Abbas stressed his “solidarity and sympathy with France and its friendly people for this incident that is painful to all of us because of what this historic place means to civilization, to the history of France and to world heritage.”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the people of Palestine stand by France on this sad occasion and shares with it its sorrow as a result of the fire that affected an important international site.

The Notre Dame Cathedral’s Gothic spire and roof collapsed, after the 850-year-old landmark went up in flames on Monday evening, however, its main structure, including two bell towers, has been saved, after about 500 firefighters gained control over the fire.
Paris police told reporters that the cause of the massive fire isn't yet known.
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