Merkel attends Berlin synagogue vigil for shooting victims of Yom Kippur attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an evening vigil at a historic synagogue in central Berlin to honour the victims of a deadly Yom Kippur attack in the east German city of Halle.

The vigil was called in solidarity with the Jewish community following the suspected antisemitic, far-right shooting at a synagogue that left two dead.

Merkel earlier condemned the attack, adding an expression of “solidarity for all Jews on the holy day of Yom Kippur.”

Merkel had “deep sympathy” for the victims’ loved ones, government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted, adding the veteran chancellor’s “thanks to all the security forces who are still on the scene.”

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