A Day Before the Paris Attack, Suicide Bombers Killed 43 in Beirut

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A day before the Paris attacks that left at least 120 dead and the country in lockdown, suicide bombings in Beiruton Thursday left 43 dead and 239 wounded. According to a terrorist who survived, the attack was reportedly carried out by an ISIS cell sent to Lebanon from the group’s stronghold in Syria.

The explosions took place in the southern part of the city near a busy open-air market in the Bourj al-Barajneh district. A number of ISIS-linked Twitter accounts have claimed responsibility for the attack, though nothing could be independently confirmed, according to CNN.

The events went largely unnoticed in the American news cycle. Interest in the Paris attacks trounced the media attention to Beirut. Google Trends searches highlight the massive disparity in news headlines and search interest. But on Twitter, the demand was loud and clear.

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Indian blogger Karuna Ezara Parikh wrote a poem that’s gone viral since the Paris attacks. « It’s not Paris we should pray for, » she wrote. « It is the world. It is a world in which Beirut, reeling from bombings … is not covered in the press. »

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