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Beirut mourns its dead; weathers comparisons to Paris

151116092154-beirut-suicide-bombings-funeral-large-169(CNN)As buildings lit up in the colors of the French flag, and the 129 people killed in Paris on Friday filled headlines, many people in Beirut felt the West — and its news media — had forsaken them.

A day before the French attacks, two suicide bombers had killed 43 people and wounded 239 more in the Lebanese capital in an ISIS-propagated murder.

The explosions detonated within 150 meters (490 feet) and five minutes of each other in the Bourj al-Barajneh district in southern Beirut on Thursday, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said.

But on Friday, Western cameras turned away, focusing intently on France.

It threw Western media’s reporting into sharp relief, with strong criticism leveled at what some saw as hugely uneven coverage of the two assaults.

The global outpouring of sympathy did the same. Many of the world’s monuments illuminated in the blue, white and red of France’s tricolor. The Lebanese flag, however, was not afforded the same treatment.

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