Four victims of Paris terror attack identified to public

Silent march to be held Sunday; Victims of attack named; Wife of terrorist reportedly fled to Turkey or Syria a week ago

Hostages evacuate during police raid Friday (AFP)

Hostages evacuate during police raid Friday (AFP)

The four victims of Friday’s terror attack at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris were identified to the public by Jewish community leaders of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions Saturday in what French President Francois Hollande referred to as an “an appalling anti-Semitic act.”

The victims include Philippe Braham, Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada. All of the murdered were Jewish. Yohan Cohan reportedly attempted to take the terrorists weapon and was shot dead.

Hattab was the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis.

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According to reports, the terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by French police forces in a shoot out, shot two of the victims upon taking the hostages and two during the police operation. Coulibaly took over the Hyper Cacher market at Porte de Vincennes, several of the hostages reportedly hiding in a refrigerated storage room while the terrorist held the hostage for close to six hours.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the attacks and called on the international community to “come to its senses” referring to the terror attack as a “direct continuation of terrorist attack in the modern world… driven by the same hatred and fanaticism that know no bounds.” He addressed the Jewish community in France, assuring them that “the State of Israel is your home” amidst rising in anti-Semitism and yesterdays terror attack.

A silent march is scheduled for Sunday in Paris and will be attended by several world leaders. Arab League leaders, various European leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglo are to attend. Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lierbman will also be in attendance.

Coulibaly’s wife, who was initially reported to be part of the attack, escaped France a week before. Initial investigation believes she reportedly flew to Madrid and from there to Syria or Turkey.