The names of the four victims of Friday’s standoff at Paris’s Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket have been released by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), a national organization that represents French Jewry.
According to witnesses, Yohan Cohen (22), Philippe Braham (40), François-Michel Saada (believed to be in his 60s) and Yoav Hattab (21) were shot in the early stages of the seven-hour standoff, which ended when police stormed the shop and killed the hostage taker – a 32-yearold man identified as Amedy Coulibaly.
On Saturday, France was reeling from a string of terror attacks that rocket the country for several days, culminating a day earlier in an attack on a kosher market and a standoff between police and the two terrorists who had killed 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The four Jewish victims of the attack on the market were named on Saturday afternoon, as Israeli leaders called for French Jews to immigrate and details about the attacks continued to emerge.
Meanwhile, leaders around the world, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, announced plans to attend a massive rally in Paris Sunday afternoon that is expected to draw about a million people. In New York, Tel Aviv and around France, vigils were held for the 17 victims of the terror attacks, and a manhunt was underway to find the wife and accomplice of kosher market terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who may have fled to Syria.
Moment armed police storm kosher supermarket shooting gunman and freeing hostages