MANILA, Philippines – Within hours after a truck plowed into a resort in Nice, France, killing at least 70 people, netizens turned to social media to express shock and grief at the latest attack to hit France.
On Twitter, the hashtag #PrayForNice was a top trending topic worldwide and in the Philippines.
Many netizens mourned with the families of those who lost loved ones in the attack, which happened during Bastille Day celebrations in the French Riviera city. (READ: Screams, flying debris as truck plows into crowd in Nice)
What is happening to the world?My heart goes out to all the families that lost some of their loved ones #prayfornice pic.twitter.com/jTUk2nWgwX — NourSeif (@noushaseif) July 15, 2016
It hurts that everyone affected had plans, loved ones, and never even imagined that this could happen. #PrayForNice #PrayersForFrance — ɘ (@PotatoMika) July 15, 2016
This photo has torn my heart apart. Senseless acts of violence and hate destroying innocent lives. #PrayForNice pic.twitter.com/BShMVdbb3a — Alanah Casamento (@alanahcas) July 15, 2016
This makes me feel so sad, people should not be living in fear, my prayers go out to every family that has lost someone today #PrayForNice — Marta (@hypebizzle) July 15, 2016
Some netizens lamented how such violent attacks seem to be happening more frequently. Late last year, the hashtag #PrayForParis also trended, following the deadly terrorist attacks in the French capital.
I'm so sick of turning on my phone to hear that more people have been murdered during celebrations and supposed times of joy #PrayForNice — julia is happy now (@inspirashawn) July 15, 2016
What's happening in this world ? #PrayForNice — Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 14, 2016
Sick of this feeling normal. #PrayForNice — Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) July 15, 2016
This is so sickening. Just half way through the year, and already so much devastation globally. #PrayForNice — Holly P (@TheWhistlerHP) July 15, 2016