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this is g w news live from berlin tonight an anti-semitic attack on a synagogue in germany german chancellor angela merkel showing solidarity with the jewish community at a vigil in berlin the attack failed but the suspected neo nazi government managed to kill 2 people in the eastern city of hama also coming up tonight turkey begins its military offensive in northern syria warplanes launched raids against kurdish militants in what president air to one calls operation peace he says he wants to
prevent what he calls a terror corridor all along turkey's southern border. i bring to our viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world welcome but we begin tonight with an anti-semitic attack on a synagogue here in germany on judaism's holiest day the day of atonement yom kapoor the attack of the eastern city of hala today failed but the frustrated gunman turned his weapons on a nearby kabob shop into people there lost their lives tonight german chancellor angela merkel showed solidarity with germany's jewish community by attending a vigil at a synagogue here in berlin her interior minister earlier said that it could be assumed that the whole attack was anti-semitic at the end of the vigil. spoke
to reporters here's part of what she had to say. and beyond what it's all part of by the unfortunately today on your holiest day we have witnessed something terrible by mentioning the theme of 2 people have lost their lives there was an attack on jews and jews in germany and though it's not my call and that if the government is to do everything possible to ensure that you can live in safety on this stage shows us that this is not so simple and that we must do even more to put in the yes. that was the german chancellor angela merkel there tonight here in berlin police have arrested a suspect in today's attack he is reported to be a 27 year old german man with a right wing extremist background at 1st police thought several people had carried out the attacks but they later decided that it had just been a man one man who had acted a lot. the midday attack filmed by
a resident in holland the video shows a man dressed in combat type gear climbing out of a car and firing off a series of shots. a few streets away eyewitnesses recount how a woman was shot in front of the synagogue there of the 1st there was a huge bang and then someone tried to get into the jewish cemetery but fired several times with a shotgun at the cemetery at the door. and then the woman came along the one who was shot she just came along from the tram stop quite by chance for the post was most of. the synagogue was full when it was targeted worshipers were celebrating judaism's holiest festival of young kapoor an attack or try to shoot the synagogue door open a jewish leader says the reinforced structure withstood the onslaught. close by a man was killed as adonikam back shop also came under attack. i was standing right
in the entrance and saw an older woman pass the show. certainly a man came up behind dressed in a helmet and army things or at least very military looking. he was holding a rifle and had a balaclava on. he tried to throw what looked like a hand grenade into the show. i was also going to hunt but it bounced off the door frame and went off right in front of the old woman with a really loud bang them up the pipe and you know what he thought he raised the rifle and began shooting. police and shots were also find in landsberg a town 15 kilometers from halla but it wasn't clear whether the 2 incidents were related soon after police arrested a person outside talent who's reported to be a 27 year old white german male with a right wing extremist background. and for more now. on joins me he
is on the ground there in the german city of hala good evening to you girl we have had the confirmation that this attack was in anti semitic attack and we've also learned today that this could have been a lot worse could. that's absolutely right i mean the details continue to come in and still there is a large police presence here in holland you can see the vehicles and officers blocking the entrance to the street where that synagogue and then further along without kabob shop are this was described by authorities here as a rampage and certainly was a brazen attack as we heard the suspected shooter tried to gain access to that synagogue on yom kapoor and this being such a holy day maybe the most important religious holiday for on the jewish calendar there were many people in there in fact the synagogue was described as at capacity some 70 to 80 people inside hala not a very big city to put that in perspective around 7 or $800.00 people belong to the
jewish community here so that would be about 10 percent of the jewish community here in holland inside that synagogue we don't know exactly if this day was chosen in particular but it certainly would be an opportune time if one were planning an attack this is when people even those who are not so observant in the jewish faith would attend a synagogue service when the attacker was not allowed in when those doors withstood when perhaps security intervened the shooter moved along and apparently shot a couple of different targets one woman on the street was shot and killed a man in a kebab shop was also shot and killed we do know also that there were 2 other shooting victims they are in serious condition and are currently being treated in the hospital brant yeah and there has been a lot of reaction to what happened today in hollywood there was the vigil that was held here in berlin this evening there's also been reaction from germany central
council of jews here's what the president of the council had to say about today's attack. that's why i'm so he understood his i was and still is shocking off the underside on the one hand we're seeing a new quality and that is horrible. but it's a development that i and we as jews have warned against in recent months as i'd seen in. we are seeing a shift to right wing extremism in society in safety extremists seen it feels to me that words are followed by actions of i don't see it as an isolated case that just happened. but as a clear and direct development of guns and guns and carl we heard today from several security analysts that the attack in had some of the same hallmarks that we would find in the christ church attack that we saw in new zealand earlier this year let's talk
a little bit about. the gunman today he had some type of recording device on him and he wanted to wives use that to live stream the attack to the whole world right . that's apparently what we're thinking at this point there were some images videos and photos of eyewitnesses that have been posted on social media earlier in the day and those appear to show the suspect wearing some sort of helmet wearing tactical sile gear and as you mentioned a video camera video recorder was attached and that's very very similar to what we saw earlier this year in that christ church attack where that attack was streamed live in fact on facebook now we know that video of this attack ended up on twitch that is a live streaming platform usually used by gamers as something for video games it ended up there we don't know who posted it has sense been taken down in fact this time around these videos were taken down the lot sooner than they had been when it
was after the christ church shooting those videos remain on facebook for a long time in that video of course we will show it to you but we do know that the attacker was saying and yelling some anti-semitic slogans and statements so we do know a bit more now about the motive from looking at that video but it does seem as i mentioned a brazen attack not something where you want to get in and get out with not without being seen this shooter was in the street for a long time and even after being denied access continued on the streets looking for potentially for their victims and of course trying to post that video online as well this was certainly somebody who had more than one motive to get that video out there you know he definitely wanted the biggest of all the ins possible for what he planned to do today and to be used in the german city of hala tonight carol thank you. we're here now in the studio with me is rafi obo song
a security and terrorism analyst with the german institute for international and security affairs it's good to see you again you know we were we were talking there it sounds like what we saw today in holland was an attempt to be a copy of a copycat crime if you will of what we saw in christ church earlier this year do you agree well that's pretty obvious i mean thank goodness the perpetrator wasn't as well prepared in armed and effective as what happened in christchurch and as we also just heard authorities think fully also better now to stop the spread of such material. but yes it's still possible and this person so far seems to have acted on this is very difficult to prevent we heard from the interior minister here in germany tonight that this was indeed an anti-semitic attack what does that tell us then about the strings of the far right the neo nazi scene in germany.
well unfortunately over the last 4 or 5 years we've seen in steady increase and. readiness to use violence and the right wing extremists even germany which is also being always been considerably large but also growing in numbers and by now. estimate is about $25000.00 people and half of them are considered to be generally prone to violence of course that doesn't mean they're a terrorist but that means that there is a very large people that is potentially taking the next that are not all being monitored or watched by authorities are they not all i mean the question is are there watched in the sufficient depth i mean germany has long looked at radical right wing extremism but mostly on an organizational level and i think in the recent 3 or 4 years there has been more. risk of missing out on individuals and small cells and i think now in the last 2 or 3 years there have
been efforts to catch up on this and actually this summer the interior minister offered to sort of hire up to 700 new analysts just for writing stream ism to go on this granular level not just full of parties and groups but we did look at the individuals so hopefully that will help in the future we know that here in germany the jewish houses of worship they all have some type of police surveillance 247 and that was the case today as well but it was the security the c.c.t.v. cameras for example the security guard all that came together and prevented what could have been a bloodbath well yes thankfully in this case security did work i mean there is always the risk and the possibility that attackers can strike somewhere where we don't expect it but it makes perfect sense to prepare in this symbolic targets and unfortunately it's necessary yes we do you see the need to increase security i mean
when you when you've got 24 so. been police protection at a synagogue for example how much more can you do not much more i mean in this case in the hollow there was some debate that apparently that wasn't policed stationed outside of the synagogue as in many other jewish insolation as in berlin here is the case so that could have probably been added and acted as a deterrent in addition to what happened. but yes unfortunately we already have a very high level of preparedness and there is not that much more that can be done it's rough you know the song with the german institute for international and security affairs for you we appreciate your time in your inputs tonight thank you for rights more breaking news tonight turkey has begun ground and air attacks in northern syria aimed at crushing kurdish fighters the move comes immediately after the u.s. pulled its troops back from the area just a few days ago
a spokesman for the kurdish fighters says that several people have been killed including civilians the military operation has drawn criticism and calls for restraint from nato turkey is a member of nato. black smoke fills the sky above. the town on the turkish syrian border as one of the targets of one chorus bombs. turkish armed forces say the strikes aren't aimed at civilian areas. but despite the assurances many local residents took to the roads to bring their families to safety the kurdish forces here are once part of an uneasy coalition with turkey with both sides working to defeat the so-called islamic state in syria however i'm korea has branded the kurdish led forces terrorists because of their links to militants who have carried out attacks against the turkish government. in a tweet turkish president. said his armed forces intended to neutralize the
terrorist threats against turkey and set up a safe zone allowing the return of syrian refugees to their homes. a kurdish spokesman called on the international community to pressure turkey to stop the bombing saying the syrian democratic forces would be forced to halt their campaign against i.a.s. to deal with the turkish threat many of turkey's allies also warned the military campaign could rekindle the fire in syria's civil war it is important to avoid actions that may further destabilization region escalate tensions on course for human suffering we must not jeopardize the against we have made together against our common enemy isis the european union has called on turkey to stop its push into northern syria what despite the pressure there's been no sign on korea is willing to back down. or let's take the story down to turkey correspondent dorian jones joins me now from istanbul good evening to you dorian the turkish military
operation it has now gone from just an air of assault to a ground assault what do we know i mean troops and forces have actually crossed the border now right. well that's right the turkish defense ministry in a statement has said that the ground operation has begun saying soldiers have crossed across the syrian border into these towns held by the syrian kurdish militia this follows of bombardment by turkish jets and turkish artillery pounding . syrian militia and bases. possibly to the turkish military expediting this operation into previous operations in the past couple of years the . last had full days even one case a couple of weeks this that indicates that. these operations ground
operations this could be costly and reaction to the growing backlash in washington you just heard the u.s. president donald trump again threatening to destroy turkey's economy if he if they go too far against the cuts so there is a realization that he need to get on with the top aeration with the ground forces on the ground this spring tempo in the operation and without the risk of more civilian casualties and what do we know about the situation on the ground in northern syria. well it's very difficult to get really confirm reports but what we're hearing from the syrian cut issue militia they're describing scenes of what one report said of mass panic following the bombing of one of the towns we are getting reports of many syrian people living in these towns streaming out of them heading away from the fighting it's unclear where they will be going humanitarian groups have voiced concerns that these people who go into places where it's very difficult to deliver aid there is fear that it could be another refugee
crisis looming we see pictures of tombs of smoke rising up from these towns that have been a heavy sustained the tillery and strikes with reports of civilian buildings have been among those buildings have been targeted insists that this operation is only against the syrian kurdish militia who they consider as terrorists and say that these the safety of civilians is a priority for this operation and the the goal here is to was. called safe zones along the border with syria but for them to be safe. of the turkish president means that there can be no more kurds living there so we're talking about getting rid of the kurds we're talking about demographic engineering in northern syria are we not. well that's certainly the fear among many about this operation although turkish presidential spokespeople
have insisted that this operation isn't again succumbs it's only against what they say is this terrorist organization they say that the priority and safety of civilians is the most in their minds but the fact that the turkish president is talking about sending between one and 2000000 refugees currently living in turkey to this region most of them are believed not to lived in this area and many are believed to be mainly sunni arabs in this area is predominantly kurdish is fueling fears that turkey's embarking on a major demographic change of this area this is a tactic that been used the centuries in this area whereby trying to dilute one group is considered the threat by to another and that is the fear that turkey is involved in a major dilution of this area turning it from a put on the kurdish area to the sunni arab region that is allying closely with turkey and this is against international law and this is certainly a growing concern among international aid groups and many foreign governments as well. dorian jones with the latest tonight from istanbul as always thank you
well earlier this evening i spoke with keno gabriele he is the spokesman for the that's the kurdish forces in syria and i asked him about what he and the kurds are experiencing it. we'll there is not. a chaos and i think there is not fear specially in the areas that have been. tried and shared by the turkish army during the last few hours we have several casualties several kid and others wounded mostly from the civilian population and. i think that created a lot of fear among the people about the gain in other areas little bit far from the border. the life continues as it was and there are a lot of people who are trying to support those in the border cities and towns and
everyone is trying to work everything together in order to pass this period of time of peace. that we are facing though he tell me if you can't you know these airstrikes that are coming from turkey what are they targeting i mean what is being hit. we really don't know what what they are trying to target but mostly they are targeting civilian populated. mostly neighborhoods in the cities and the towns where the border. is that is why many jury care of the casualties from the civilian people so we don't know what they want. shelling to get within the site each city what is going to be in for for them so we are still more interested to ation and we are. or so far we haven't not responded
against those attacks made by turkey and we are waiting for what is going to happen in the next few hours. that was a key no go gabriele spokesman for the s d f that's the kurdish forces in syria are here some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world in the united states democratic presidential contender joe biden has called for the impeachment of don't trump for the 1st time during a campaign speech he said of the republican president and violated his oath of office betrayed the nation and committed impeachable acts in ecuador protesters have clashed with riot police at anti-government rallies in the capital quito ecuador have seen 6 days of nationwide protests following cuts to fuel subsidies and other all staring measures the government has decreed a state of emergency and nearly 700 people have been arrest.
on the nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to 3 scientists to develop the lithium ion batteries the swedish royal academy of sciences praised john be good know him stanley winning him and a cure for developing batteries that are white waiting can be used in many devices from cell phones to laptops to electric vehicles wireless digital devices are everywhere nowadays and the lithium ion batteries made them possible today the scientists behind the innovation were honored with the nobel prize in chemistry the rise we did see cadmus sciences as today decided to award the through 1900 nobel prize the chemistry jointly to john be good enough m. stanley with him and not you know she no. for the development of lithium ion batteries. back in the 1970 s.
and eighty's stanley witting i meant john b. good enough laid the foundation for the 1st batteries made from the light metal but to truly take off the technology had to be refined by akido yoshino in the mid eighty's he began experimenting with lithium ion making batteries that were light nearly endlessly rechargeable and safe for everyday use. the impact on industry and society was massive today lithium ion batteries are used in everything from smart phones to scooters and automobiles and because the energy used to recharge them can come from renewable sources they're helping us usher in a more sustainable world even off the grid for years scientists have been looking at new ways of storing energy but nothing has managed to beat the lithium ion battery for capacity and reliability it was
a development that changed the world. well it doesn't go far enough that is what climate activists are saying about the german government's draft of a controversial new climate protection law it includes a package of measures which are aimed at curbing global warming but as we said it's not going to do the job according to climate activists the movement extinction rebellion has been holding a series of protests in the german capital this week to make the point. wave of plastic symbolizing the waste in our oceans climate activists from the extinction rebellion movement say drastic measures are needed to fight environmental pollution and global warming. i know men since and i wonder if at the moment we're still in the privileged position here it's often not noticing the a fact so much other countries are far more affected we have to act something has to happen on a political level the sessions have to be taken so that there can be
a stop to this. doesn't stop them con. while climate activists were taking to the streets the german government introduced a whole package of measures it's the 1st time germany's climate goals could become legally binding. starting in 2021 a ton of c o 2 will cost $10.00 euros. greenhouse gases should be reduced by 55 percent by 2030. the german government had already made a decision to phase out coal by 2038. complete miscount promises i want something when we manage to bring together different interests these compromises will be sustainable and they will restore peace in we got to societal conflicts the phaeton . compromises are not what these climate activists were hoping for it's flush toilets a c o 2 tax is not enough to deal with an issue like climate change that's
a global topic and calls for drastic measures by the government delivered in a weekend version enrages me to put it mildly. the german parliament still has to vote on the new climate bill these activists say they'll continue protesting to keep the pressure up. when you're watching the w. news one from berlin after a short break i'll be back to take you through the day stick around for the.
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