Last Updated: October 23, 2023, 10:01 IST
A world-renowned urban climber, known as the French ‘Spiderman,’ scaled Paris’s Tour Hekla to promote “Peace in the Middle East.” Alain Robert, who climbed the 48-story skyscraper, emphasised the urgent need for peace between Israel and Palestine.
“Yesterday or on the 22nd of October I did manage to climb the new Hekla building in La defense. A very tiring ascent that was changing all the time and that was rather fragile at some point. However, I managed to reach the top of the 221m in slightly more than 2hours. An ascent I did to call for urgent peace talk in between Israel and Gaza as the Oslo accords in 1993 that had been signed by Rabin Unfortunately assassinated in 1994,” Alain Robert wrote on his Instagram.
This message for peace comes as the war, now entered its third week, is the deadliest of five Gaza wars. On Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said that the death toll in Gaza had reached at least 4,651 people, with another 14,254 people wounded in the besieged territory. More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, mostly in the initial Hamas attack.
In earlier feats, the sixty-year-old Robert raised awareness about climate change and drought by scaling a 166-meter Barcelona skyscraper and supporting pension law protests by climbing a building in April.
Known for high-risk “free solo” climbs, Robert typically relies on his bare hands and climbing shoes. Over the years, he has conquered more than 150 structures worldwide, including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
(With agency inputs)