The European Parliament thought of the victims of the attack a few hours after the deadly shots in Halle. There was "shock and dismay" after the tragic events tweeted EU Parliament President David Sassoli on Wednesday. In a possibly anti-Semitic motivated attack, there had previously been two dead and two seriously injured in Halle an der Saale.
Shocked and saddened by the tragic events in #Halle, Germany, the members of the European Parliament for a minute of silence today. We send our deepest condolences to the victims and hope they want to be able to catch the suspects quickly. pic.twitter.com/OZIjZx6MSp- David Sassoli (@EP_President) 9 October 2019
The horror of the deeds is not only great in Germany. Several Austrian politicians expressed their sympathy. "I am in thoughts with the relatives of the victims & hope the police summarize the perpetrators quickly," Sebastian Kurz wrote on Twitter. "Zero tolerance for #anti-Semitism!" Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also stressed that everything had to be done so that Jews could live in safety.
Concussive news from #Halle. I am in thoughts with the relatives of the victims & hope the police summarizes the perpetrators quickly. We must do everything in our power to protect Jewish communities in the best possible way. Zero tolerance for #anti-Semitism! # hal0910- Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) 9th October 2019
One or more offenders fired shots, the federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe took over the investigation. The victims of death are, according to a police spokeswoman, a man and a woman. The man was shot dead in a doner kebab, the woman on Humboldtstraße, where the synagogue is located. According to the Jewish community of Halle, the perpetrator wanted to shoot open the doors to the synagogue. This was the highest Jewish holiday Yom Kippur at that time therefore 70 to 80 people.
You can follow all current developments on the situation in Halle and Landsberg in our news blog.
In the UK, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn was shocked. The shameful act had just been carried out on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday of the year. His thoughts were with the mourners in Halle and around the world.
This is a shocking and disgraceful attack during Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days of the year in the Jewish calendar.
My thoughts are with the injured and those mourning, and with Jewish communities in Halle and across the world.https: //t.co/04VuYmrCKa
The French politician and president of the Hauts-de-France regional council, Xavier Bertrand, wrote on Twitter that the fight against anti-Semitism, which still exists in 2019, should not be abandoned.
Pensées aux victimes de l'attaque lâche d'une synagogue à #Halle en ce jour de #YomKippour et solidarité avec le peuple allemand
Le combat contre cette haine antisémite, qui tue encore en 2019, ne doit jamais cesser.
The Federal Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation shortly after the gunfire was announced. A speaker justified this with the "special meaning of the case", to be determined because of murder. This is about "the internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany".
The exact background of the deed remained as unclear as the identity of a suspect, the police could arrest. The statements of the chairman of the Jewish community, Max Privorozki, however, pointed to an anti-Semitic background.
Video: First insights into the attack in Halle
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