Three Hungarian nationals have called the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin, asking for help because they do not know the whereabouts of some of their family members after yesterday’s nights tragedy in the German capital.
Yesterday a heavy blow was dealt not only to the people of Berlin but to the whole of Europe and to our common Christian values. (PM Viktor Orbán)
A terrorist attack might happened in Berlin last night as a lorry brutally ploughed through a crowded Christmas market, leaving at least 12 people killed and up to 50 were injured. According to the latest reports, the Hungarian wooden booths selling “lángos” and “kürtös kalács” were located in other parts of the Christmas market, however, three Hungarians still cannot find the relatives, Tamás Menczer, press chief of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, said. The data of the missing Hungarians have been registered and forwarded to the German police, he said, adding that the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin can be contacted in connection with the tragedy via the following mobile number: 00-49-172-3233-930. Menczer also urged all Hungarian travellers abroad to register with the consular service website, specifying the country and city they are visiting.
Meanwhile Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has conveyed his shock and condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bertalan Havasi, press chief of the Hungarian Premier, told reporters. Viktor Orbán wrote: “Yesterday, a heavy blow was dealt not only to the people of Berlin, but to the whole of Europe and to our common Christian values. I can assure you that my government condemns every form of terror and violence, and stands ready to cooperate with Germany in order to guarantee the safety of Europe and its citizens.” He added that “My Hungarian compatriots and I share the pain of the victims’ family members, and we wish the injured swift recovery”. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has also sent a letter of condolence to his German counterpart. “The people of Hungary strongly condemn the ruthless and vile attack in Berlin, which occurred as Europe is preparing for the biggest Christian holiday”, he wrote to Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
via MTI, kormany.hu; photo: Reuters