SENTILJ, Slovenia (AP) — The latest news as hundreds of thousands make their way across Europe in search of safety and a better life. All times local.
Germany’s vice-chancellor has warned against a crackdown on migrants coming to Europe because of the Paris attacks.
Sigmar Gabriel says those seeking refuge in Europe shouldn’t be made to suffer just because “they come from those regions where terror is being exported to us and to the world.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy’s told reporters in Berlin on Saturday that “we stand to protect them too, and to ensure that they don’t have to suffer because murderers in France are threatening people and Europe in the name of a religion.”
Gabriel is the leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party.
Asylum seekers fleeing war and poverty in Syria and other war-ravaged countries are condemning the Paris attacks fearing it may become more difficult for the refugees to start new lives in Western Europe.
The migrants streaming through Slovenia toward Austria, Germany and other wealthy EU nations said Saturday the terror attacks resemble the wars that they are fleeing.
Zebar Akram, 29, from Iraq, said the terrorists actions in Paris were “like they act in Syria or Iraq.” Abdul Selam, 31, who is fleeing Syria, said he fears refugees now “will be considered as probable attackers.”
“In Syria there is war, here is war,” said Ferhad Nezdevan, 29, from Syria. “It’s a problem.”