Germany: Merkel 'shocked and distressed' after Halle synagogue shooting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was 'shocked' and 'distressed' after the shooting at a synagogue in Halle, during a speech given at the 24th Ordinary Trade Union Day of the IG Metall in Nurnberg on Thursday. The Chancellor addressed the audience referring to the attack that took place on Wednesday, stating that she was grieving with the families and friends of the people who «were... Еще incomprehensibly killed.» «We are glad about every synagogue, every Jewish community and all Jewish life in our country,» she said. «Hate, racism and antisemitism can have no place in our country, and alongside the consequences of our Constitutional State, the best purpose this can serve is to create an engagement of the civil society that stands against prejudice and hate, stands for respect and tolerance, and cooperates with voluntary services and other initiatives», Merkel added. Two people were killed after a man opened fire near a synagogue where the Jewish community was observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. According to the reports, one woman was shot dead outside the synagogue near a Jewish cemetery and one man was killed in a nearby kebab shop.


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