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World mourns 129 dead in worst-ever Paris terror attacks

French national Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, said to be among killers; Islamic State attackers worked in 3 teams; bomber thwarted at stadium; first victims identified

  • Pigeons fly at the Tuileries gardens, with the Eiffel Tower in background, in Paris, Saturday, November 14, 2015 (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
    Pigeons fly at the Tuileries gardens, with the Eiffel Tower in background, in Paris, Saturday, November 14, 2015 (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
  • The Knesset lit up in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the French people following the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015. (Knesset Spokesperson)
    The Knesset lit up in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the French people following the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015. (Knesset Spokesperson)
  • Belgian police blocking a street during a police raid in Brussels' Molenbeek district on November 14, 2015 (Hendrick Devriendt/AFP)
    Belgian police blocking a street during a police raid in Brussels' Molenbeek district on November 14, 2015 (Hendrick Devriendt/AFP)
  • Israeli gather in tribute to the victims of Paris' attacks, at Rabin Sq. on November 14, 2015.  (Alexi Rosenfeld, courtesy)
    Israeli gather in tribute to the victims of Paris' attacks, at Rabin Sq. on November 14, 2015. (Alexi Rosenfeld, courtesy)
  • (L-R) France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, President Francois Hollande, Chief of the Defense Staff General Pierre de Villiers and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron leave the Elysee Palace in Paris after a security meeting on November 14, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)
    (L-R) France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, President Francois Hollande, Chief of the Defense Staff General Pierre de Villiers and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron leave the Elysee Palace in Paris after a security meeting on November 14, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)
  • A woman leaves candles and flowers outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, after a series of attacks in and around the city left at least 128 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
    A woman leaves candles and flowers outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, after a series of attacks in and around the city left at least 128 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
  • Mourners gather outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of attacks in and around the city that killed at least 128 people. Le Petit Cambodge, adjacent to the Carillon bar, was the scene of another attack, in which at least 12 people died. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
    Mourners gather outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of attacks in and around the city that killed at least 128 people. Le Petit Cambodge, adjacent to the Carillon bar, was the scene of another attack, in which at least 12 people died. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)
  • Police transport the body of a victim at the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)
    Police transport the body of a victim at the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)
  • Forensic police are pictured at the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead.  (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)
    Forensic police are pictured at the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday which left more than 120 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)

The Times of Israel live blogged events as they unfolded Saturday and into Sunday.

France in state of emergency after Friday night terror bloodbath

PREAMBLE: At least 127 people were killed in Paris on Friday night, with 180 people injured, 80 of them seriously, police sources said Saturday after a series of coordinated shootings and bombings that were the bloodiest attacks in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

The death toll does not include at least eight terrorists killed during the attacks. All of the known attackers were wearing explosives belts.

France was in a nationwide state of emergency Saturday after a night of horror in Paris when gunmen sprayed restaurants with bullets, massacred scores of concert-goers and launched suicide attacks near the national stadium.

Armed with AK47s and shouting “Allahu akbar”, four of the terrorists marched into a rock concert at the Bataclan venue in eastern Paris, murdering at least 82 people and taking dozens hostage.

“They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. Everyone was trying to flee,” said Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who was at the concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

Witnesses tell of ‘bloodbath’ at Paris rock concert

Earlier Saturday, survivors from the Paris concert hall targeted during Friday’s attacks described running over bodies and hiding after gunmen stormed the venue and began executing rock fans with barrages of automatic gunfire.

Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter, was sitting in the balcony with his sister and friends when they heard shots from below about one hour into the concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

“At first we thought it was part of the show but we quickly understood,” he says. “They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee.”

— AFP

Germany offers to send anti-terror unit to France

Germany has offered France the help of its special anti-terror unit in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas des Maiziere says in a statement that he is in touch with his French counterpart “and I have offered him the help of German special forces.”

Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate says de Maiziere had offered “all support, including special forces such as the GSG9.”

The GSG9 anti-terror unit was created after the attacks on the Munich Olympics in 1972 and saw its first major operation during the hijacking of a Lufthansa plane by a Palestinian group.

–AP

PM orders Israeli flags to half-mast at state buildings, embassies

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that Israeli flags on government buildings and at the country’s embassies around the world are to be lowered to half mast.

The move is an expression of solidarity with the French people in the wake of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, the Maariv website reports.

Weekend sporting fixtures in Paris area cancelled

All sporting fixtures in the Paris area this weekend have been cancelled after the terror attacks that left at least 120 people dead, local authorities said.

The message was passed to the heads of sports federations as the French capital reeled from an unprecedented series of shootings and bombings, including suicide attacks outside the Stade de France national stadium while France were playing Germany in an international football match.

— AFP

Abbas: Palestinians stand in solidarity with France

PA President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the Paris attacks and says the Palestinians are standing in solidarity with the people of France, the PLO writes on Twitter.

Hollande blames Islamic State for Paris attacks

French President Francois Hollande blames Islamic State for Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris, saying the extremist group has carried out “an act of war.”

The multiple attacks across the city late Friday were “an act of war… committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State, against France, against… what we are, a free country,” Hollande says.

The president also declares three days of mourning across France in the wake of the attacks that killed at least 128 people.

A woman leaves candles and flowers outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, after a series of attacks in and around the city left at least 128 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)

A woman leaves candles and flowers outside of the Carillon bar in the 10th district of Paris on November 14, 2015, after a series of attacks in and around the city left at least 128 people dead. (AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD)

— AFP

Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris attacks

Islamic State jihadists claim responsibility for Friday’s series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen in Paris that killed at least 127 people.

In a statement issued online, Islamic State says that “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles” conducted a “blessed attack on… Crusader France.”

French President Francois Hollande also blames the Islamic extremist group, calling the coordinated assault an “act of war.”

— AFP

Pope Francis ‘shaken’ by ‘inhuman’ Paris attacks

Pope Francis says he is “shaken” by what he says are “inhuman” attacks on a string of Paris venues that left at least 127 people dead.

“I am shaken, I don’t understand these things, done by human beings… There cannot be justification, religious or human. It’s inhuman,” an emotional pontiff pope says during a telephone interview with an Italian television station.

— AFP

Report: Gunfire, blasts heard in Paris suburb

Exchanges of fire and explosions have been heard in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, Israeli website Walla says.

There were no further details or confirmation of the report.

Syrian passport found on body of Paris terrorist

Two French police officials say a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the suicide bombers who targeted France’s national soccer stadium. The officials are speaking on condition of anonymity as they aren’t authorized to be publicly named.

French President Francois Hollande says the Islamic State group orchestrated the attacks, and IS is claiming responsibility.

The identities and nationalities of the attackers have not been released.

— AP

Report: Paris police chasing suspicious vehicle

Paris police are chasing a suspicious vehicle in the western part of the city, Israel’s Channel 2 television says, citing local media reports.

The reports also say that police helicopters can be seen in the skies above the area.

Cameron: UK casualties expected in Paris

British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning his nation to brace for casualties from the attacks in Paris, but leaves the nation’s terror alert warning unchanged.

The PM says the country “must be prepared for a number of British casualties” from the Paris atrocity, and again condemns the “brutal and callous murderers.”

Cameron says the terror threat level in the UK will remain at “severe,” — the second-highest level — but that authorities will review plans amid an “evolving” threat from Islamic State.

Sending a message of solidarity to the people of France, Cameron says: “Your values are our values, your pain is our pain, your fight is our fight.”

— AP

Romania is first foreign country to announce Paris fatalities

Romania’s Foreign Ministry says two of its citizens died and a third was injured in the attacks in Paris. The announcement is the first of its kind by a foreign state in the wake of last night’s attacks that killed at least 127 people.

The ministry statement says the Romanian embassy is in contact with the families of the two Romanians. No details were available about where they died or their identities.

The ministry says the injured Romanian was treated at a hospital before being released.

— AP

WATCH: Paris man’s life saved by his phone

A man’s cellphone stops him from being hit by shrapnel in a bomb blast outside the Stade de France during the attacks in Paris last night.

 

Parisians donate blood en masse after attacks

Paris residents are queuing up across the city to give blood in the aftermath of last night’s deadly attacks. They are using the hashtag #dondusang (don du sang is French for donating blood) to spread the message on social media.

Israel to hold French solidarity rally in Tel Aviv

Israelis are holding a solidarity rally for the Paris attacks this evening in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

The Walla news website says the rally will begin at 6.30 p.m. French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave and former president Shimon Peres are expected to speak.

Islamic State: France remains ‘top of the list of targets’

The Islamic State claim of responsibility for last night’s Paris attacks says France and its supporters “will remain at the top of the list of [its] targets.”

“The stench of death will not leave their noses as long as they remain at the forefront of the Crusaders’ campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war on Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris,” the statement posted online says.

France is part of the US-led coalition that has been striking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq for the past year, and has been targeted by jihadists in the past because of its perceived tolerance of speech deemed offensive to Islam.

The claim was made in statements in Arabic and French released online and circulated by supporters of the group. Supporters also circulated an audio version read by an unidentified speaker whose voice strongly resembled that of an announcer for the IS radio station Al-Bayan.

— AP

Swedish citizen killed in Paris attacks

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says a Swedish citizen was killed in the Paris attacks, and there are unconfirmed reports of a Swede wounded by gunfire.

Lofven says “We have been in contact with the next of kin. They should of course know that the whole of the Swedish people and my sympathy is with them, our hearts are with you.”

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Victoria Bell says a Swedish national may have gun wounds. She didn’t give further details about his condition.

–AP

UK Muslim Council: Nothing Islamic about killers

The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the attacks in Paris and offered thoughts and prayers for the families of those killed.

The council has offered its sympathies to the “people of France, our neighbors” in a short statement.

The council says that while the Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the attack, “there is nothing Islamic about such people and their actions are evil, and outside the boundaries set by our faith.”

–AP

French FM: Security boosted at embassies worldwide

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says security has been stepped up at French embassies and official buildings worldwide after attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group that left nearly 130 dead.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on March 27, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/JEWEL SAMAD)

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on March 27, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/JEWEL SAMAD)

“I have taken measures on an international level so that all of our property, that is embassies, consulates, cultural institutes, high schools, be more protected,” Fabius says while leaving Syria talks in Vienna early to return to deal with the crisis in his traumatized country.

AFP

Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum closed until further notice

French authorities have closed the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and other top tourist sites in Paris until further notice following the deadly attacks.

The Eiffel Tower in France (photo credit: CC BY brianburk9, Flickr)

The Eiffel Tower in France (photo credit: CC BY brianburk9, Flickr)

A Louvre spokeswoman says the museum opened as normal Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered closed by the Culture Ministry after President Francois Hollande called for a national day of mourning. Isabelle Esnous, a spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower, says the monument did not open as a security precaution.

The Culture Ministry says “public cultural sites” are closed in the Paris region Saturday, without specifying.

–AP

Security scare at London’s Gatwick airport

London’s Gatwick Airport evacuated its North Terminal and a man was arrested earlier after the discovery of a suspect package.

“Police were called at around 9.30am (0930 GMT) on Saturday following suspicious actions by a man who discarded an item at the airport. The man was arrested,” police in southern Sussex say.

Bomb disposal experts are on the scene, and extra airport staff drafted in to look after passengers.

“At this time, we are investigating the circumstances of the incident and it is too early to say what the item may be,” says detective superintendent Nick May.

“However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident.

–AFP

At least two Belgians killed in Paris attacks

At least two Belgian nationals were killed in the wave of attacks in Paris, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders announces.

“At least two Belgians were killed,” Reynders says according to his spokesman who adds that Brussels received the information from the French authorities.

One attacker apparently Frenchman known to authorities

A French national is believed to be among four men who stormed a Paris concert hall overnight police and a source close to the investigation say.

Investigators found the body of a French national who was known to intelligence services and indicated he was likely one of four men who attacked the Bataclan concert hall. They did not give details of his identity or his background.

Meanwhile French newspaper Liberation reports that an Egyptian passport was found on another attacker.

–AFP and Times of Israel staff

French envoy hopes ‘many’ come to Tel Aviv solidarity rally

The French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave is inviting Israelis to a rally of solidarity with the French people, to be held today at 6:30 p.m. at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

In a video message on Youtube, Maisonnave says France has suffered a “nightmarish night.”

Any and all who wish to “share sorrow for the deaths of the victims and express solidarity (they) feel for the French people” are invited.

He expresses hope that “we will be many at the square.”

Americans among the injured in Paris

A US State Department spokesman confirms that Americans are among the injured in the Paris terror attacks.

The department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, says that “the US Embassy in Paris is working around the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy.” He would not comment if any were killed.

The ABC News Tickertape flashes the headline "Act of War" November 14, 2015 in Times Square in New York City (Timothy A. Clary/AFP)

The ABC News Tickertape flashes the headline “Act of War” November 14, 2015 in Times Square in New York City (Timothy A. Clary/AFP)

Polish minister says accepting refugees now impossible

Poland will not take in refugees under a hotly contested EU program to distribute them among member states because of the Paris attacks, the country’s incoming European affairs minister says.

“The European Council’s decisions, which we criticized, on the relocation of refugees and immigrants to all EU countries are part of European law,” Konrad Szymanski writes on right-leaning website wPolityce.pl.

But “after the tragic events of Paris we do not see the political possibility of respecting them,” he says. “Poland must retain complete control of its borders, as well as its asylum and migration policy.”

Merkel: Germany cries with French people

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to work closely with the French government to help hunt for the culprits involved in the attacks and their backers.

“This attack on freedom was aimed not just at Paris, it targeted and it hits all of us. That is why we must all respond together,” says Merkel, dressed in black, her voice faltering.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) signs a condolence book for the victims of deadly attacks in Paris a day before at the French Embassy in Berlin on November 14, 2015 (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) signs a condolence book for the victims of deadly attacks in Paris a day before at the French Embassy in Berlin on November 14, 2015 (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)

“We, your German friends, feel very close to you. We cry with you,” she said. “We will lead this fight together with you against those who did such unimaginable things to you.”

–AP

 

Obama to convene National Security Council

US President Barack Obama will convene his National Security Council before leaving for the G20 summit in Turkey, the White House says.

The president plans to review intelligence surrounding the attacks in Paris.

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris (Jim Watson/AFP)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris (Jim Watson/AFP)

Obama is to leave Saturday afternoon for the meeting of leaders of the G-20 developed nations, according to his agenda. The two-day summit starts Sunday in the southern resort city of Antalya.

–AFP

German minister: Don’t link Paris killings to immigrants

Germany’s interior minister warns against linking the terror attacks in Paris to the record influx of asylum seekers into Europe.

“I would like to make this urgent plea to avoid drawing such swift links to the situation surrounding refugees,” Thomas de Maiziere says, after a crisis cabinet meeting on Friday night’s attacks.

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

Plane evacuated in Amsterdam airport after threat

A France-bound plane was evacuated in order to carry out a search before departing Amsterdam airport after “threats” against it were posted on Twitter, Dutch police said Saturday.

“We always take threats very seriously and we decided here to evacuate the passengers and to search the aircraft,” police spokesman Dennis Muller told AFP, without making any links to the deadly Paris attacks.

–AFP

Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn Paris terror

Two Palestinian terror groups are condemning the Paris attacks.

Senior figures in both Hamas and Islamic Jihad criticize the killings that rocked the French capital late Friday.

Dr Bassem Naim, head of the Council of International Relations for Hamas, tells AFP the group condemns “the acts of aggression and barbarity,” while Islamic Jihad condemns “a crime against innocents.”

–AFP and Times of Israel staff

Hollande speaks to world leaders on phone

French President Francois Hollande has been on the phone talking about fighting terror with other world leaders.

Those include the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is hosting the G-20 summit on Sunday. Erdogan assured the French president that the Paris attacks that killed 127 people Friday night will be a “top priority” on the G-20 agenda.

Hollande also spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, King of Morocco Mohammed VI, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, European Council President Donald Tusk, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

French President Francois Hollande walks at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a security meeting on November 14, 2015 (Stephane De Sakutin/AFP)

Experts say Paris attacks reveal ‘next stage of IS’

The Islamic State group’s ability to carry out the deadly Paris attacks that it has claimed reveals the growing sophistication and reach of the global jihadist network, analysts say.

Experts say the killings demonstrate IS’s evolution from localized operations in Iraq and Syria to the West.

Illustrative photo of Islamic State militants, with an IS fighter waving the group flag in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad, June 28, 2015. (Militant website of IS, via AP)

Illustrative photo of Islamic State militants, with an IS fighter waving the group flag in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad, June 28, 2015. (Militant website of IS, via AP)

“The push to France likely represents the next stage of IS,” says Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

“We’ll see them increasingly move away from conventional and insurgent operations in Iraq and Syria and more towards terrorist attacks in their extended network,” he adds.

–AFP

Israeli envoy: No Israelis known to have been hurt

Israel’s ambassador in Paris Aliza Bin-Noun tells Channel 2 that no Israelis are known to be among the victims in the Paris terror wave.

Bin-Noun tells Army Radio the attacks “caught us all completely off guard, though when you think about it, in recent months the writing was on the wall.”

“There is tension and alertness here. Since the January terror attacks the situation has not been the same,” she says, referring to the terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo Magazine and a Jewish supermarket that killed 17.

Bin-Noun says embassy officials are convening to discuss actions following Friday’s killings.

Police raid Brussels neighborhood in link with Paris attacks

Belgian police raid a neighborhood of the capital Brussels in connection with the deadly attacks in Paris, public television RTBF reports.

The network quotes an unidentified source as saying up to three raids are being carried out in the Molenbeek district in connection with the Paris attacks.

Liberman: Scope of attacks shows French intel failure

Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman says Friday’s string of attacks in Paris are an intelligence failure on the part of French authorities.

Noting that the perpetrators were apparently a well organized and trained cell consisting of at least eight assailants, the former foreign minister tells Channel 2 news the planners behind the attacks must number in the dozens.

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman speaks during a party meeting at the Knesset, June 15, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman speaks during a party meeting at the Knesset, June 15, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

French intel had failed if it had faced such a wide terror infrastructure and “intelligence services didn’t get a whiff of it,” Liberman says.

He says Europe has failed to internalize the scope of the threat posed by Islamic extremism, and has failed to act decisively against those who spread its ideology, including spiritual leaders. Israel has also failed in this regard, he says.

Europe “is not able to change the diskette,” Liberman says. “They’re not built to face up to this.

Liberman says the West needs to put “boots on the ground” to tackle Islamic State in Syria, notably in its stronghold in Raqqa. But, he adds, “Europe won’t do it.”

“We are up against Islamic extremism that is fighting western values; until that is internalized, nothing will change,” says the former foreign minister.

Netanyahu gets update on Israeli efforts to assist France

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently receiving updates from the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Embassy in Paris, Channel 2 reports.

Netanyahu is discussing the increase of security for Israeli officials following the Paris attacks, as well as efforts to assist the French, including the sharing of counter-terrorism intelligence, in the aftermath of the killings.

Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Jewish Federations of North America's 2015 General Assembly November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Jewish Federations of North America’s 2015 General Assembly November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

French Jewish leader: Gov’t knew something like this could happen

The French leadership knew that it might face attacks on this scale, a French Jewish leader tells Channel 2.

Europe is “not prepared to go to war” against Islamic extremism, says Roger Cukierman, the president of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), the umbrella group that represents most Jewish groups in France.

“At least in France they understand that it’s not a war of the Jews but a war of the western world against Islamic State,” he tells Channel 2. “Europe has not understood until now that this is a world war. The pope said it a year ago, but the people of Europe didn’t internalize it.”

“I spoke to the interior minister and the prime minister” of France about the threat of Islamic extremist terror, Cukierman says. “They knew there was a danger” of this kind of attack.”

Asked whether the attacks will prompt a rise of the French far-right, and make life worse for French Jews, he says, “It is hard to know what will happen after something like this… Maybe people will give this government more support.” But there’s also “a danger that the extreme right will get more success.”

Roger Cukierman, president of the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organizations (photo credit: courtesy World Jewish Congress/JTA)

Roger Cukierman, president of the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organizations (photo credit: courtesy World Jewish Congress/JTA)

Rabin Square lights up with French flag

As a solidarity rally with Paris gets underway in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, officials have lit the city municipality building, which overlooks the square, with the colors of the French flag.

Tel Aviv is the latest city to join others worldwide in lighting landmarks in red, white and blue following the terror attacks in Paris.

The Tel Aviv municipality building in Rabin Square is lit up with the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Channel 2 news)

The Tel Aviv municipality building in Rabin Square is lit up with the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the victims of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Channel 2 news)

Father and son killed in West Bank Friday named

An Israeli father and son killed in Friday’s terror attack in the West Bank are Yaakov Litman, 40, Netanel Litman, 18, Channel 2 reports.

The two will be brought to rest at 9:30 p.m. this evening in Jerusalem.

Greece: Paris terrorist passed through nation as immigrant

A Syrian passport found by police at the scene of the mass shooting in a Paris concert hall belonged to an asylum seeker who registered on a Greek island in October, a Greek minister says Saturday.

“We confirm that the Syrian passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3 where he was registered under EU rules,” says a statement issued by Nikos Toskas, the minister for citizen protection.

A dinghy carrying refugees arriving at a beach on the island of Lesbos in northern Greece. (Boaz Arad/IsraAid)

A dinghy carrying refugees arriving at a beach on the island of Lesbos in northern Greece. (Boaz Arad/IsraAid)

The authenticity of the passport is being checked, but its discovery indicates a possible Syrian connection which was a working hypothesis for investigators after assailants hit six separate locations in Paris.

–AFP

Refugees worry attacks will paint them all as terrorists

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 say the terror attacks resemble the wars that they are fleeing.

Zebar Akram, 29, from Iraq, says the terrorists’ actions in Paris were “like they act in Syria or Iraq.” Abdul Selam, 31, who is fleeing Syria, says he fears refugees now “will be considered as probable attackers.”

“In Syria there is war, here is war,” says Ferhad Nezdevan, 29, from Syria. “It’s a problem.”

–AP

At least one arrested in Brussels over Paris attack

Belgian media are reporting police searches and at least one arrest connected to the Paris attacks in the Molenbeek neighborhood in Brussels.

RTBF broadcasting says its reporters observed heavily armed police teams in the western district of Belgium’s capital on Saturday afternoon and that two or three searches took place. It says a man was arrested.

Molenbeek is home to a large community of immigrants from Morocco and Turkey.

–AP

Police rule out terrorism after West Bank car accident

Three people were lightly wounded a short time ago in a car accident in the West Bank, which was initially reported as a possible terror attack.

Police say the incident occurred near the settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah.

Though security forces initially suspected a car-ramming attack, that possibility has been ruled out at this point.

Netanyahu: Civilized world must unite and fight Islamist terror plague

Prime Minister Netanyahu sends his “deepest sympathies” to the families of the victims brutally murdered in Paris.

Speaking at the Prime minister’s Office, he says Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Paris in the struggle against Islamic extremism that is roiling the Middle East and beyond.

Speaking in French, Hebrew and English, he says he has instructed Israel’s intelligence and security services to offer all possible input and assistance to France and others grappling with the terror onslaught.

He has also ordered tightened security at Israeli missions and Jewish sites that might be potential targets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on September 3, 2015. (Hadas Parush/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Hadas Parush/ Flash90)

He decries the “systematic and deliberate” attacks on innocents, and says there can never be justification for terrorism; it must be condemned and fought.

He says the world faces increasing militant Islamic terrorism. It attacks Israel and others because it wants to destroy us, he says. All terrorists must be fought without hesitancy, he says.

“I urge the entire civilized world to unite and defeat the plague of global terror,” he concludes.

EU calls for minute of silence for Paris victims

The leaders of the European Union nations are calling for a minute of silence across the 28-nation bloc on Monday in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

In Saturday’s joint statement, the leaders say Europeans will always remember Friday, November 13, “as a European day of mourning” and invite the EU’s 510 million people to mark their solidarity at noon Monday.

The European Union flag (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash 90)

The European Union flag (Serge Attal/Flash 90)

“This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten and sow hatred,” they say. “Good is stronger than evil. Everything that can be done at the European level to make France safe will be done. We will do what is necessary to defeat extremism, terrorism and hatred.”

They call Friday’s events “an attack against us all.”

–AP

Israel said to supply France with intel on terror attack

Israel has provided France with intelligence information relating to the attacks in Paris in the past few hours, a senior source tells Channel 2 news.

There is no word as to the nature of the information provided.

3 terrorists said to come from Belgium

Belgian media is reporting that three of the terrorists involved in Friday’s attacks in Paris came from Belgium.

Several people were arrested in Brussels during police raids connected to the attacks in Paris, Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens says.

Geens says on RTBF television that these arrests “can be seen in connection with a grey Polo car rented in Belgium” found near the concert hall in the French capital where scores of people were killed.

–AFP and Times of Israel staff.

Paris death toll rises to 129; another 352 injured

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says 129 people were killed in the Paris terror attacks and 352 people were injured.

He says 99 of the injured are in critical condition. — AP

US kills Libyan Islamic State leader in air strike

The head of the Islamic State group in Libya was killed in an air strike overnight, the Pentagon announces.

Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was an Iraqi national and an al-Qaeda operative, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook says in a statement.

Cook describes Abu Nabil as the senior IS leader in Libya and says he may also have been the spokesman in a February 2015 video showing the execution of Coptic Christians.

The Pentagon, headquarters of the US Department of Defense (photo credit: CC BY-SA mindfrieze, Flickr)

The Pentagon, headquarters of the US Department of Defense (CC BY-SA mindfrieze, Flickr)

“Nabil’s death will degrade ISIL’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the United States,” Cook says.

–AFP

Thousands attend TA solidarity rally with Parisians

Thousands of Israelis are taking part in a solidarity rally with the French people in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

In attendance were French Ambassador in Israel Patrick Maisonnave and former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Israelis gather in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, at Rabin Sq. on November 14, 2015. (Alexi Rosenfeld, courtesy)

Israelis gather in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, at Rabin Square on November 14, 2015. (Alexi Rosenfeld, courtesy)

European capitals boost security after attacks

European capitals are beefing up security outside French institutions and calling for greater public vigilance.

Governments across Europe held emergency meetings to assess the threat level, with British Prime Minister David Cameron pointing to an “evolving” threat from the Islamic State group which claimed the attack.

London landmark The London Eye is illuminated in blue, white and red lights, resembling the colours of the French national flag, in London on November 14, 2015 (Justin Tallis/AFP)

London landmark The London Eye is illuminated in blue, white and red lights, resembling the colours of the French national flag, in London on November 14, 2015 (Justin Tallis/AFP)

Countries bordering France including Belgium, Germany and Switzerland also say they are stepping up checks after French authorities also announced restrictions for traffic in and out of the country.

–AFP

Jerusalem to light Old City walls with French colors

Joining Tel Aviv, Jerusalem will also light one of its famous landmarks in the blue, white and red of the French flag in solidarity with the French people — the walls of the Old City.

A section of the wall will be illuminated with the colors starting at midnight.

An aerial view of the Temple Mount, with the southern wall and archaeological park in the foreground. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

An aerial view of the Temple Mount, with the southern wall and archaeological park in the foreground. (Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says “the whole world understands today what we in Israel and Jerusalem have experienced for years…We must all work together against terrorism of any kind.”

He added that Jerusalem sends its condolences to the French victims.

Paris official: 3 teams of assailants perpetrated attacks

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says three teams of attackers seem to have coordinated attacks in Paris.

Molins says the attackers in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died, mentioned Syria and Iraq during the attacks.

He adds that 99 of the 352 injured are in critical condition.

–AP

French security stopped suicide bomber from entering Paris stadium

A terrorist who detonated an explosive belt outside a Paris stadium on Friday had attempted to enter the location but was stopped by security personnel, according to new reports.

According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the suicide bombers at the location had a ticket to the game between France and Germany and tried to enter the venue. But security personnel searched him and found the explosive vest. The terrorist then backed away and detonated the bomb.

Police told the paper it was believed the man intended to detonate the bomb inside the Stade de France to cause a panic and a stampede, thereby increasing the number of casualties exponentially.

Fans leave the Stade de France amid a stream of fatal attacks in Paris, including explosions near the stadium, November 13, 2015. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

Fans leave the Stade de France amid a stream of fatal attacks in Paris, including explosions near the stadium, November 13, 2015. (AP/Michel Euler)

Nasrallah ‘strongly condemns’ IS terror attack

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah “strongly” condemns the Islamic State group’s deadly attacks in Paris.

“We, Hezbollah, express our strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the criminals of Daesh in Paris,” he says in a televised address, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a speech in Beirut, November 3, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Imam Mahdi)

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a speech in Beirut, November 3, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Imam Mahdi)

Police: West Bank car crash may be terror-related

Police now say a Palestinian driver who hit an Israeli car head-on near the West Bank settlement of Psagot earlier may have been intending to carry out a terror attack.

The driver was killed in the collision. Four Israelis were lightly injured. A large knife was found in the Palestinian’s car.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Ten thousand protest in Tel Aviv against gas deal

Around 10,000 people are demonstrating in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square against the upcoming gas deal between the government and energy companies.

Protesters have been holding weekly rallies against the imminent agreement, which they say will create a de facto monopoly that would lead to high gas prices for Israelis. They have accused the government of capitulating to gas companies’ demands.

Knesset lit with French Tricolor

The Israeli Knesset has been illuminated with the colors of the French flag — blue, white and red — in a show of solidarity with the French people.

The Knesset is illuminated with the colors of the French flag in a show of solidarity with the French people following the Paris terror attacks on November 14, 2015 (Knesset Spokesperson)

The Knesset is illuminated with the colors of the French flag in a show of solidarity with the French people following the Paris terror attacks on November 14, 2015 (Knesset Spokesperson)

At TA solidarity rally with France, speakers stress common values

About 2,500 people participated in an event at Rabin Square to show support and solidarity with terror victims in France.

The crowd included many French immigrants. In addition to the French ambassador and former president Shimon Peres, opposition leader Issac Herzog and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom also participated.

Israelis attend a rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Paris and in tribute to the victims killed in Friday's terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israelis attend a solidarity rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to pay tribute to the victims killed in Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

All of the speakers stressed the common values shared by France and Israel, chiefly the love of liberty.

The event closed with the singing of the Marseillaise and Hatikvah, with many of those gathered singing along to both anthems.

–Simona Fuma

France’s chief rabbi ‘horrified’ by events in Paris

The Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia has expressed his “sincere condolences” to the relatives of the victims in Paris and says he is praying for the recovery of those injured.

Korsia says in a statement that he is “horrified” by the “unspeakable cruelty” of the terror attacks in the French capital.

He calls for unity in fighting terrorism “and all those who exploit and lead astray religion to kill in the name of God.”

Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia, speaks to journalists on June 22, 2014, in Paris. (Photo credit: AFP/Fred Dufor)

Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia, speaks to journalists on June 22, 2014, in Paris. (Photo credit: AFP/Fred Dufor)

Foreign victims of Paris bloodbath identified

Several foreigners have been identified as victims of Friday’s deadly attacks:

– BELGIUM: At least two nationals were killed, according to the Belgian foreign ministry.

– ROMANIA: Two Romanians were killed, according to the foreign ministry in Bucharest.

– TUNISIA: Two young Tunisians, sisters who lived in the center-eastern French region of Creusot and who were celebrating a friend’s birthday in Paris, were also killed, according to the Tunisian foreign ministry.

– BRITAIN: One Briton was killed, the Foreign Office says, adding that a “handful” were feared dead.

– PORTUGAL: A 63-year-old Portuguese national, who lived in Paris and who worked in public transport, was killed near the Stade de France sports stadium, according to Portuguese authorities.

– SPAIN: 29-year-old Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, according to the Spanish authorities, was killed while attending a concert at the Bataclan theatre that came under attack.

– SWEDEN: One person of Swedish nationality was wounded by gunfire and another was killed, according to the foreign ministry, which said it was verifying the information.

–AFP

Greece seeks 2 registered migrants linked to attacks

Two men who French police are seeking to trace in connection with the Paris attacks registered as refugees with Greek authorities earlier this year, the Greek police confirm.

Illustrative: Syrian refugees wait near the border railway station of Idomeni, northern Greece, on August 25, 2015. (Santi Palacios/AP)

Illustrative: Syrian refugees wait near the border railway station of Idomeni, northern Greece, on August 25, 2015. (Santi Palacios/AP)

French authorities asked their Greek counterparts to check a passport and fingerprints of one man and the fingerprints of another who were thought to have registered in Greece, which is the main entry point into Europe for Syrian refugees.

Hollande visits wounded in Paris hospital

French President Francois Hollande is visiting Paris’s Saint-Antoine Hospital and meeting with some of those wounded in Friday’s attacks.

Obama leaves for G20, with Paris on the agenda

US President Barack Obama has left Washington for the G20 summit that begins this weekend in Turkey and is now expected to focus on the fight against terror following the Paris attacks.

The leaders of the world’s top 20 industrialized nations are set to deal with an already packed agenda before the killing of at least 129 people in Paris. The White House said earlier in the day that Obama would convene his National Security Council to review intelligence before leaving for the two-day summit in Antalya.

Hundreds at funeral of West Bank terror victims

Many hundreds of people are attending the Jerusalem funeral of a father and son killed in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Otniel yesterday, Walla News reports.

Among those in attendance are Mayor Nir Barkat, President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Rabbi David Lau.

Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, who was killed in a terror attack near the West Bank city of Hebron on November 13, 2015. (screen shot: Channel 2)

Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, who was killed in a terror attack near the West Bank city of Hebron on November 13, 2015. (screen shot: Channel 2)

Meanwhile, dozens of settlers are rioting near the entrance to the Palestinian city of Nablus, blocking the road and throwing rocks at passing vehicles, apparently in retaliation for the deadly attack.

Peres at rally: Tonight we are all French

Speaking at the Tel Aviv rally earlier this evening, former President Shimon Peres said: “Dear French friends. Tonight we are all French. Your pain is ours. Your fight is ours. Your hope is ours. Your values are ours.”

“You have always been and will always be at the forefront of the fight against barbarism. You are the human cavalry which opens the way to freedom and to peace,” he said.

“In these difficult days we are all united at the side of the French republic. France will be victorious. France will always remain a great nation.”

French Ambassador in Israel Patrick Maisonnave and former president Shimon Peres attend a rally at Rabin square in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

French Ambassador in Israel Patrick Maisonnave and former president Shimon Peres attend a rally at Rabin square in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Republicans bash Obama on IS strategy

US Republicans are calling the Paris attacks evidence of what they say is President Barack Obama’s weak strategy against the Islamic State group.

“We must now face the facts,” says Republican Senator Ted Cruz. “Between the downing of the Russian jet over Egypt and this massive coordinated attack on Paris, we are seeing an unmistakable escalation of ISIS ambitions.”

Jeb Bush says the Paris attacks reignite debate on intelligence and the role of the US National Security Agency.

“What is our counterintelligence capabilities? How do we identify attacks before they happen? What’s the balance between our own civil liberties and keeping us safe?,” he said in a radio interview. “We need to have another conversation about that because I think we have diminished our capabilities at the wrong time.”

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, responds to a question during a town hall at La Progresiva Presbyterian School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, responds to a question during a town hall at La Progresiva Presbyterian School, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Says Republican Senator John McCain: “This growing threat is a failure of US foreign policy and if the administration does not get more serious about combating it, our nation and our people will pay a grave price.”

Another Republican senator, White House hopeful Lindsey Graham, known to be a hawk who does not shy from military intervention, says: “President Obama has got to make a change in strategy” in Syria and Iraq.

Minute of silence at Sweden-Denmark football game

A minute of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks was held ahead of the European Championship qualifier between Sweden and Denmark.

Both teams stood with their heads bowed as 50,000 fans inside Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden, turned silent. The walls of the stadium were lit up in the colors of the French flag: blue, white and red.

Organizers said security was stepped up at the stadium due to the bloodshed in Paris, which started with explosions outside the Stade de France during a friendly match between France and Germany.

Assad says France’s ‘mistaken policies’ helping terror

Syrian President Bashar Assad is calling on France to change policies that he says have contributed to the “spread of terrorism.”

In a meeting with a delegation of French lawmakers in Damascus the day after the Paris attacks, Assad says France’s “mistaken policies… have contributed to the spread of terrorism.”

He says French President Francois Hollande “should change his policy” on Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (left) speaks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (right) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015. (AFP/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/Alexey Druzhinin)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (left) speaks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (right) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015. (AFP/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/Alexey Druzhinin)

“The question that is being asked throughout France today is, was France’s policy over the past five years the right one? The answer is no.”

–AFP

French police clear Eiffel Tower area

French police have evacuated the area around the Eiffel Tower in a possible security development.

Witnesses report heavy police presence at the nearby Pullman Hotel on Avenue de Suffren.

Pullman Hotel incident a false alarm

The French interior ministry now says a police raid at the Pullman Hotel was a false alarm.

Police reportedly conducted room-to-room searches of the premises.

Explosives in Paris attacks described as ‘very unstable’

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says the attackers in Friday night’s coordinated, deadly assaults used the explosive TATP, which has been called the “mother of Satan” because of its volatility.

TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, is an improvised explosive that also was used in the 2005 London bombings that killed 52 commuters.

The US government’s National Counterterrorism Center lists TATP as a common explosive and describes it as “relatively easy to synthesize.” Experts have said that tracing the materials used to make the explosive can be difficult because they are so readily available in stores.

The counterterrorism center’s website describes the explosive as a mixture of “hydrogen peroxide and acetone with the addition of an acid, such as sulfuric, nitric, or hydrochloric acid.”

It says TATP “can be very unstable and sensitive to heat, shock and friction.”

–AP

French Jews call for ‘merciless war’ on jihadists

France’s umbrella group of French Jewish communities, CRIF, has called for “merciless war” against radical Islam.

“The global war against the monstrosity of jihadist fanaticism must become an absolute priority of democratic nations,” CRIF wrote in a series of messages on Twitter. “We must fight it without mercy, without relenting, in order to vanquish it.”

–JTA

NATO chief: Attacks not a fight between West, Islam

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the deadly attacks in Paris highlight a fight between extremists and supporters of democratic values rather than one between the Islamic and Western worlds.

In a brief telephone interview with AFP, Stoltenberg says the attacks will only strengthen the resolve of supporters of democracy who will ultimately win the fight because they have “superior” values.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, July 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Fredrik Varfjell)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, July 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Fredrik Varfjell)

“The important thing now is to underline how much we condemn the atrocities and the attacks on innocent people in Paris last night,” Stoltenberg says.

–AFP

Le Pen says French government soft on security

France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen says that the Socialist government badly needs to toughen up on security following the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead.

“The nation must remain united,” she says in response to President Francois Hollande’s call for the country to stand united across the political spectrum in the face of the tragedy.

But in a taste of potential opposition criticism over lax security, she adds: “Beyond words, only forceful relentless action can protect the French and maintain this unity.(But) France and the French are no longer safe (and) urgent measures are needed.”

Saying France had become “vulnerable”, she calls for Islamist organizations to be banned and radical mosques closed.

“Foreigners who preach hatred must be expelled as well as illegals who have nothing to do here,” she says.

AFP

Leader of the French far-right National Front (FN) party Marine Le Pen looks on, March 20, 2015 during a visit to a farm in the northwestern France ahead of local elections. (photo credit: AFP/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

Leader of the French far-right National Front (FN) party Marine Le Pen looks on, March 20, 2015 during a visit to a farm in the northwestern France ahead of local elections. (photo credit: AFP/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

No difference between Paris, Israel terror — Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin speaks at the funerals of Netanel and Yaakov Litman, who were shot dead near Hebron on Friday.

Addressing hundreds of mourners, the president says there is no difference between terror attacks in Israel and those abroad.

“I do not distinguish between terrorism and terrorism. No terrorism is justifiable. There is no terrorism that is more justified or less justified. The scenes of death and bloodshed we have witnessed in Paris, throughout the Middle East, and here in our country, should serve as a warning to us all. Whether in Paris or Hebron, Jerusalem or New York, we must fight a bitter and stubborn struggle against those who massacre innocent people, against those who murder in cold-blood.”

The president also says Israel has never sought to “live by the sword,” referencing comments by Netanyahu last month.

“This morning we read from the Torah of Isaac’s blessing to Esau, ‘you will live by the sword’. We do not want to live by the sword. This was never our goal. We will not live by the sword, but we will live with the sword. We will defend ourselves with courage, and will stand at the front-line of the global war against fundamental terrorism and its offshoots.”

Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Father, brother of suicide bomber arrested

AFP reports that the father and brother of one of the Paris suicide bombers are in police custody.

Details emerge on some of the Paris victims

A young French lawyer specializing in white collar crime. An engineer from Spain. An American college student studying design on a semester abroad. They are among the first victims to be identified after the gun-and-suicide bombing attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris. Among the confirmed dead:

—Valentin Ribet, 26, a lawyer with the Paris office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. He was among scores of people killed at a rock show in the Bataclan concert hall. Ribet received a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics in 2014, and earlier did postgraduate work at the Sorbonne university in Paris. His law firm said he worked on the litigation team, specializing in white collar crime. “He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office,” the firm said.

—Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a junior at California State University, Long Beach. The university said Gonzalez, from El Monte, California, was attending Strate College of Design in Paris during a semester abroad program.

—Djamila Houd, 41, of Paris, originally from the town of Dreux, southwest of the capital. The newspaper serving Dreux — L’Echo Republicain — said Houd was killed at a cafe on the rue de Charrone in Paris. According to Facebook posts from grieving friends, she had worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear house.

—Thomas Ayad, 32, producer manager for Mercury Music Group and a music buff who was killed at the Bataclan. In his hometown, Amiens, he was an avid follower of the local field hockey team.

—Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, 29, of Madrid, who also was at the Bataclan concert. The Spanish state broadcaster TVE said Gonzalez Garrido was an engineer, living in France with his wife, also an engineer. They both were at the concert, but became separated amid the mayhem.

— Mathieu Hoche, 38, a technician at France24 news channel, also killed at the concert. A friend, Antoine Rousseay, tweeted about how passionately Hoche loved rock ‘n’ roll.

—Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, England, who was working at the Bataclan selling merchandise for the performing band, Eagles of Death Metal. “Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal,” his family said in a statement. “Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world.”

This undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 shows Nick Alexander of England. Nick Alexander, one of the victims of the attacks in Paris, was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the performing band. (Foreign & Commonwealth Office via AP)

This undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 shows Nick Alexander of England. Nick Alexander, one of the victims of the attacks in Paris, was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the performing band. (Foreign & Commonwealth Office via AP)

—Guillame Decherf, 43, a writer who covered rock music for the French culture magazine Les Inrocks. He was at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, having written just two weeks earlier about the band’s latest album. He had two daughters.

AP

Parisians hold candlelight vigil

A crowd of up to 250 people gather for an impromptu candlelight vigil at the Place de La Republique in Paris, the site of a massive demonstration in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings earlier this year.

Adrien Chambel, a 27-year-old law student, says the crowd is much sparser than it was in January. He says “you feel that people are petrified.”

His father, Bernard, 66, said there is a difference between the attacks Friday night that killed 129 people and the January assault on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a Kosher supermarket that killed 17 victims.

He says in January “it was an attack on Jews, it was an attack on free expression.”

This, he says, “was an attack on a way of life — they shot without discrimination.”

AP

Music world reels from attack on concert hall

The assault on one of the leading concert halls in Paris sends shockwaves Saturday through the music world.

“Shocked, sad and angry. We are all Parisian today,” tweets Peter Gabriel, one of many prominent musicians who took to social media after Friday’s night coordinated attacks in the French capital.

More than 80 people were killed inside the Bataclan concert hall as gunmen opened fire during a performance by the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

The music industry was directly touched by the tragedy, with at least three employees of Universal Music France, part of the largest global label group, among the dead.

“The Universal Music family is in mourning,” tweets Pascal Negre, president of Universal Music France, as he identified the dead by the first names Thomas, Marie and Manu.

“This is crazy. It’s normally a pleasant place where people come to relax. And then it was hell,” says the television and radio presenter Pierre Janaszak.

The 35-year-old tells AFP that he survived by hiding in the restrooms as the assailants took hostages and was freed in the police counter-assault.

Leading French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles says that one of its writers, Guillaume B. Decherf, was killed.

Members of Eagles of Death Metal, a bluesy garage rock band known for lascivious lyrics but rarely politics, were unhurt and were set to return to the United States, although a British crew member was killed.

AFP

People rest on a bench after being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed over 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

People rest on a bench after being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed over 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Paris attacks would have been different with more guns — Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the terror attacks in Paris would have been “a much, much different situation” had the victims been armed with guns.

And he says the United States is “insane” to accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the attacks.

Trump speaks Saturday at a rally in Beaumont, Texas.

He begins the event with a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the attacks.

Trump also criticizes President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State group, saying that the US should be more aggressive in its approach.

AP

Russia’s security services placed on high alert

Russia’s national security services have been put on high alert following gun and suicide attacks that left nearly 130 people dead in Paris, the country’s anti-terrorism body says.

“Our state’s security organs are taking the appropriate measures to ensure the security of citizens and their protection against terrorism,” the National Anti-Terrorism Committee says in a statement after Friday night’s unprecedented violence in the French capital.

“In light of the new threats, all components of the security system have put been put on high alert.”

The statement also urges Russian citizens to exercise “high responsibility and vigilance” in the face of international terrorism.

AFP

Mexico says 2 of its citizens among Paris dead

Mexico’s government says two of its citizens are among the people killed in Paris.

The Foreign Ministry has not said where the women were killed in Friday night’s attacks across the French capital. It also hasn’t released the women’s identities, but says one had dual Mexican-US citizenship and the other held Mexican-Spanish citizenship.

The ministry previously reported that a Mexican man was wounded at one of the Paris restaurants attacked. It says that man was operated on Saturday morning “satisfactorily.” It says he holds dual Mexican-Austrian citizenship.

AP

People light candles outside The Belle Equipe restaurant in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, a day after the attacks. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

People light candles outside The Belle Equipe restaurant in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, a day after the attacks. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

French PM vows to ‘destroy’ those behind attack

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is vowing to “destroy” those behind the rampage across Paris.

Speaking late Saturday on French television TF1, Valls declares “we are at war, and because we are at war we are taking exceptional measures.”

Valls says “we will strike this enemy to destroy him. In France and in Europe, we’ll chase the authors of this act, and also in Syria and Iraq. We will win this war.”

AP

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, February 13, 2015 (photo credit: AFP/Charly Triballeau)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, February 13, 2015 (photo credit: AFP/Charly Triballeau)

Flights to and from Paris continue with some delays

Airlines continue to operate flights to Paris, but the terror attacks in the French capital leave tourists and business travelers wondering whether to cancel upcoming trips.

The attacks have left the travel community on edge. Some would-be travelers quickly canceled trips to Paris, while the airlines let anxious customers with weekend tickets for Paris change plans without a fee.

Air France says it will operate all upcoming flights to and from France but that delays were expected because of increased security measures at airports, including Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines say that all their flights between the US and Paris are operating, although Delta notes that many Paris departures were held up waiting for passengers to go through extra security screening.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black says flights to and from Paris were full. United and American decline to give details on the occupancy levels of their flights.

AP

Survivor recalls encounter with Paris gunman

David Fritz Goettinger, 23, describes how he escaped with his life at the historic concert hall after going to the toilet and then telling a gunman that he was Chilean and not French.

“The terrorists got there and opened fire all over the place,” Fritz Goettinger tells Chilevision from Paris, where he lives.

“It was kind of like an earthquake, they were firing all over the place, there were explosions and shots.”

“I’d gone to the bathroom and I came out and could tell something bad happened,” he says.

“The music from the show had stopped so I went to talk with my friend and ask what happened. And then I saw dead people.”

A gunman pointed a rifle directly at him but did not fire, Goettinger adds. He tells police he was asked by one of the gunmen if he believed in God, and he said he did. He was asked if he was French, and he said he was Chilean.

He was let go.

“So then we hid, first we crawled along the floor to find somewhere to hide, and I got stuck somewhere on the second floor,” he recalls, adding: “I’m tired. I am in shock.”

AFP

Thousands of Canadians pay tribute to Paris dead

Thousands of people in cities and towns across Canada pay emotional tribute Saturday to the dead in the Paris terror attacks and vow to support France in its darkest hour.

More than 1,000 people turn out in mostly French-speaking Montreal, in front of the French consulate.

“France is in mourning. The fact that many politicians are here with us is a sign that we are still standing. We are not going to let ourselves be swept away by hatred,” says Catherine Feuillet, France’s general consul in the city.

“Montrealers, we are all Parisians,” says Anie Samson, a city councillor who rallied Montreal residents to turn out for a silent march on Sunday.

Some in the crowd wave French flags and pay their respects at a makeshift memorial with a huge heart made out of candles.

“France is still standing, Quebec is with you and will be fighting alongside you,” says Bernard Drainville, a Parti Quebecois lawmaker.

Similar shows of strong public support took place in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City.

AFP

A man leaves a flower at the French Embassy in Ottawa on November 14, 2015, one day after the terrorist attacks in Paris. (AFP PHOTO / Patrick Doyle)

A man leaves a flower at the French Embassy in Ottawa on November 14, 2015, one day after the terrorist attacks in Paris. (AFP PHOTO / Patrick Doyle)

Security up in some US locales, business as usual at others

Times Square, French consulates and sports stadiums see increased security Saturday but authorities note the stepped-up patrols are out of an abundance of caution.

Consulates in New York and Boston receive extra security along with French-owned sites in Washington. But elsewhere, like Minnesota’s Mall of America, it is business as usual.

 

Sports venues are mindful of security in response to the attacks, which included suicide bombings outside the Stade de France during a soccer match between France and Germany.

Guards at the Naval Academy’s game against Southern Methodist University randomly select people to screen with metal detectors and fans are asked to unzip their coats before entering Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Police in Los Angeles say they will beef up patrols for UCLA’s game against Washington State at the Rose Bowl Stadium and a cricket match at Dodger Stadium.

The National Football League says it had been in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and plans increased security inside and outside stadiums on Sunday. League officials discourage fans from bringing bags.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the State Police, National Guard and other agencies are on a heightened state of alert. The New York Police Department deploys its “Critical Response Command” — officers equipped with heavy weapons and other tactical equipment — to important locations including transportation hubs and the Broadway theater district. Officers with radiation detectors and bomb-detecting equipment are sent to subway stations and are randomly conducting bag checks.

“This is not the kind of thing that is a wakeup call to New York City,” John Miller, the department’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, says of the Paris attacks during a news conference Saturday afternoon. “We’ve been awake about this for a long time.”

In Washington, DC, additional law enforcement officers are deployed to French-owned sites and other high-profile locations out of “an abundance of caution,” says police spokesman Officer Sean Hickman. In Boston, the Massachusetts State Police says there is “a comprehensive and multi-layered security package” in place at Logan International Airport — where most of hijackers boarded planes on September 11, 2001 — and enhanced patrols near the State House.

There is no visible security increase at downtown Chicago’s major transportation and tourist hubs, though police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the police department is actively monitoring events in Paris and keeping in contact with federal law enforcement partners.

In Minnesota, a Bloomington police official says there are no plans to increase security at the Mall of America, which sees some 40 million visitors each year. In February, a video purportedly made by al-Qaeda-linked rebels urged Muslims to attack shopping malls and specifically mentioned the Mall of America. Authorities said at the time there was “no credible” evidence suggesting such an attack was in the works.

Los Angeles police say there are no known threats against the city, but the department beefs up patrols at what it called critical sites, including a Snoop Dogg concert.

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Old City walls lit up in solidarity with Paris

The walls of Jerusalem’s Old City are lit up in red, white and blue in a mark of solidarity with Paris.

Girlfriend of victim mourns ‘love of my life’

A woman identifying herself as the girlfriend of Nick Alexander, who was killed in the Paris attacks, mourns the “love of my life.”

Within a span of two hours, Polina Buckley’s Twitter posts shift from appeals for information on Alexander’s whereabouts to expressions of grief.

Was Syrian passport on bomber a fake?

A US official tells CBS news that the Syrian passport recovered near the remains of one of the Paris suicide bombers may be fraudulent.

“The passport didn’t contain the correct numbers for a legitimate Syrian passport, and the picture didn’t match the name,” CBS reports.

Timeline of Paris attacks — how it happened

The attackers worked in three synchronized teams, wearing matching suicide vests and carrying the same weapons. In an excruciating half-hour, they unleashed their terror. One suicide bombing after another at the national stadium, sprays of gunfire in the crowded restaurants and streets of central Paris, and finally a hostage standoff that drenched a 19th century dance hall with the blood of dozens of young people out for a night of rock music. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said three suicide attackers died near the stadium, three in the concert hall, and one further south on the same boulevard.

Here is how it happened, based on accounts from French authorities and witnesses.

9 p.m.

Kickoff of the France-Germany soccer match at the French national stadium and the beginning of the rock show at the Bataclan concert hall. Both packed with fans, the match includes French President Francois Hollande among spectators. In the audience at the Eagles of Death Metal show is the sister of French striker Antoine Griezmann, who started in Friday night’s game.

9:20 p.m.

A man with a Syrian passport and an explosives vest blows himself up at Gate D of the stadium, killing himself and a bystander. The match continues.

9:25 p.m.

Gunmen in a black rented Seat Leon open fire on a bar and a restaurant — Le Carillon and Petit Cambodge — killing 15 people and leaving more than 100 shell casings of different calibers, including 7.62 mm, strewn at the scene. When the shooting starts, Emilio Macchia, an Italian book designer visiting for a publishing fair, starts to run from the Carillon. “A girl opened the door to her building and let us in. We hid inside with 10 or 15 other people. I still remember one girl, she said she’d seen one huge man shooting. That’s when I realized it was a terror attack.”

9:30 p.m.

A second suicide bomber approaches Gate H of the stadium, blowing himself up but claiming no other victims.

Fans leave the Stade de France amid a stream of fatal attacks in Paris, including explosions near the stadium, November 13, 2015. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

Fans leave the Stade de France amid a stream of fatal attacks in Paris, including explosions near the stadium, November 13, 2015. (Foto AP/Michel Euler)

9:32 p.m.

Gunmen in a rented Seat Leon open fire on a La Bonne Biere bar on La Fontaine au Roi street, just around the corner from the restaurant shootings. Five people are killed. About a hundred shells are left on the ground of different caliber, including again 7.62 mm.

9:36 p.m.

President Francois Hollande presses the cell phone to his ear inside the glass-lined booth overlooking the soccer field, absorbing the horror tearing into the French capital for the second time this year. The digital clock above him ticks away the seconds in red: 21:36:49

Just then, gunmen in a black Seat attack Charonne street, killing 19 people. Sebastien Jagreau, a witness who arrives shortly afterward, says the bodies of dead and wounded were sprawled on tables and the ground. “We saw a lady on the first table I thought she had bump and then we realized it was a bullet in her head and not a bump. She was stretched on the table with her beer next to her. Then I see a guy crying because his wife was dead then we go on and we realize we are in the middle of a pond of blood.” Again, about 100 shell casings are left on the ground, including 7.62 mm.

9:40 p.m.

A black Volkswagen Polo parks outside the Bataclan concert hall on Boulevard Voltaire, and three people emerge, opening fire as they enter the packed venue. Eagles of Death Metal is several songs into the show and playing to a full house. The attackers enter, apparently unnoticed over the loud music, armed with automatic weapons, their bodies wired with explosives.

A woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Friday November 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Friday November 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Among the hostage takers is a Frenchman, one week shy of his 30th birthday, convicted eight times between 2004 and 2010 for minor crimes, and flagged for ties to Islamic radicals. In brief communication with security forces, the hostage-takers invoke Syria and Iraq. As shots ring out, people escape from side doors of the venue, some dragging bodies with them. One woman clings to a 2nd story window. Among those to escape is Griezmann’s sister.

At that moment, a suicide bomber detonates his vest further down Boulevard Voltaire. The bomber is the only victim.

9:53 p.m.

A suicide attacker about 400 meters (yards) from the stadium detonates his vest, identical to those of the others with TATP explosives. No one else is killed.

12:20 a.m.

Security forces storm the Bataclan. Two of the attackers detonate their suicide vests; a third is shot by law enforcement and the vest explodes. Eighty-nine people are killed, and many remain critically injured. Philippe Juvin, an emergency room doctor at the Georges Pompidou hospital, said he has never had to care for so many victims at once. “The majority were gunshot wounds inflicted with weapons of war, of high caliber, in the thorax, the abdomen, their legs and arms. Also, the psychological trauma, the people that witness these kinds of events are deeply affected, even if some may not be physically injured, it hurts their soul, that is why we had a psychiatrist with us.”

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Empire State Building dark, WTC lit after Paris attacks

The Empire State Building is dark in sympathy for the people of Paris after at least 129 people were killed in Friday’s series of shootings and explosions.

Saturday will be the second consecutive night the 102-story New York landmark will not be lit up.

The 408-foot (124-meter) spire atop One World Trade Center — built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — will also be lit again Saturday night in the colors of the French flag. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the spire will remain lit blue, white and red on Sunday.

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio says an arch in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park will also be lit on Saturday.

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Australian victim expected to recover

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the only Australian casualty has undergone surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Only one Australian was injured in the attacks. Emma Parkinson, 19, of Hobart, was shot in the hip at the Bataclan concert hall.

Turnbull says he spoke to Parkinson after she had undergone surgery in a Paris hospital. Australian Ambassador to France Stephen Brady was a frequent visitor to her bedside.

“She’s a brave girl and, in all the circumstances, in good spirits,” Turnbull says.

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Democratic debate to begin in shadow of attacks

The Democratic candidates for president are gathering for the party’s second debate of the 2016 campaign, a meeting that will take place in the shadow of the attacks in Paris.

The campaigns have tangled with debate host CBS over the format of the debate in the hours before the debate.

When CBS said on a conference call with the campaigns that it wanted to focus the opening statement and the first section of the debate on the Paris attacks, the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders vigorously disagreed.

That’s according to a participant on the call, who spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver says the key issue is a proposal to shorten the opening statements from 90 seconds to 30 seconds in order to move quickly to questions in a debate unfolding a day after the Paris attacks.

The Vermont senator’s campaign says it successfully argued on behalf of the longer opening statements, which all three candidates will deliver.

The debate will begin with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attacks.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, speaks as Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (Photo by AP Photo/John Locher)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, speaks as Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (Photo by AP Photo/John Locher)

Global terror tops agenda at G-20

World leaders converge Sunday for a summit in Turkey to send a message of unity in the face of the Paris attacks but confronting a gaping divide over the multiple conflicts tearing Syria apart.

US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin of Russia will join other leaders in the southern Mediterranean resort of Antalya less than two days after the attacks claimed by Islamic State jihadists killed at least 129 people and sent shockwaves across the world.

The character of this Group of 20 summit has been transformed by the attacks, with security and the Syrian conflict now eclipsing a traditionally financial agenda that must also deal with the spreading refugee crisis, climate change and tax avoidance.

An official in the French delegation, led by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after President Francois Hollande stayed home to lead his shaken nation, says it was expected that during the meetings “there would a particular emphasis on terrorism.”

All musical events, including at the official dinner on Sunday night, have been canceled as a mark of respect for the victims of the Paris attacks for the summit, which officially kicks off at midday Sunday (1000 GMT), Turkish presidential sources say.

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Opening remarks at Democratic debate focus on IS

A look at the opening statements from the second presidential Democratic debate.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders begins with sharp language for the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attack in Paris.

He says, “Together, leading the world, this country will rid our planet of this barbarous organization.”

But Sanders also pivots from the attacks to the economic issues that are the focus of his campaign.

Front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton keeps to the attacks in her statement, saying “our prayers are with the people of France tonight.”

She adds: “But that is not enough. We need to have a resolve that will bring the world together to root out the kind of radical, jihadist ideology that motivates organizations [like] ISIS.”

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley touts his executive experience in his opening remarks, and says the US needs “new thinking” and “new leadership” to respond to threats like those posed by the Islamic State.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin O'Malley prepare before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin O’Malley prepare before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

First Paris suicide bomber named

One of the suicide bombers in Paris has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, CNN reports, citing a French MP.

Jean-Pierre Gorges, who is also the mayor of Chatres, says Mostefai lived in his town until at least 2012.

According to Le Monde, Mostefai likely traveled to Syria in the winter of 2013-2014. The 29-year-old French national was identified by a piece of his finger taken from the Bataclan theater, according to the report.

His father and brother are in police custody.

IS ‘cannot be contained, must be defeated’ — Clinton

During the Democratic presidential debate, Clinton says the Islamic State “cannot be contained, it must be defeated.”

But she stresses it is important to not paint all Muslims as the enemy.

“We are not at war with Islam,” Clinton says. “We are at war with violent extremism.”

AFP contributed

Democratic candidates decline to use term ‘radical Islam’

All three Democratic presidential candidates are declining to use the term “radical Islam” at the party’s second debate, a description used by many of their Republican rivals.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, “I don’t think we are at war with Islam. … I think we’re at war with jihadists.”

She adds that “it’s not particularly helpful” to use language that alienates many Muslims, and she notes that Republican President George W. Bush made a similar point after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says, “I don’t think the term is important.” He says the more important issue is the “entire world coming together” to defeat militants.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says using the term “radical Islam” is unnecessarily offensive to Muslims in America. He says he prefers “radical jihadists” and describes them as a group that is “perverting the name of a major world religion.”

The Republican candidates for president are jumping on the refusal of the Democratic candidates to say the words “radical Islam” at their debate.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweets, “Yes, we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism.”

Rick Santorum adds on Twitter, “@HillaryClinton how can we defeat our enemy if we cannot identify who they are and what motivates them?”

Says Carly Fiorina on Twitter: “Hillary Clinton will not call this Islamic terrorism. I will.”

— AP

Clinton dodges question on declaring ‘war’ on IS

Clinton is deflecting a question of whether she would declare war on the militant group.

The former secretary says the United States has to beef up its intelligence capabilities. She says, “It is difficult finding intelligence that is actionable, but we have to keep on trying. … There’s a lot of work we need to keep doing.”

Her rival Bernie Sanders interrupts, suggesting that too little of the existing US military budget of $600 billion is used to fight “international terrorism.”

Instead, Sanders complains that too much is spent to maintain nuclear weapons that he sees as part of the US military strategy of the last century.

AP

Mostefai was flagged as security risk in 2010

According to French media reports, Mostefai had a previous criminal record and had been flagged by French intelligence as a potential security risk since 2010.

Le Monde reports that Mostefai had eight previous criminal offenses, but had not served jail time.

PHOTOS: Stadiums across the globe honor Paris victims

Across the globe, stadiums fall silent Saturday to honor the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Before the start of Army’s college football game against Tulane, Army defensive back Caleb McNeill carries the French flag alongside a teammate carrying the American flag as the players run onto the field. LSU does the same later in the evening before playing Arkansas.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones draws Eiffel Tower peace signs on his shoes for the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois.

That same symbol lights up scoreboards before a hockey game in Canada.

At soccer matches in England and the Ukraine, teams bow their heads and link arms during moments of silence.

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San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, of France, second from left, stands with teammates, from left, David West, Tim Duncan, and Kyle Anderson, during a France Moment of Silence before an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker, of France, second from left, stands with teammates, from left, David West, Tim Duncan, and Kyle Anderson, during a France Moment of Silence before an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks pause for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks before the start of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Members of the Chicago Blackhawks pause for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks before the start of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Detroit Pistons' Marcus Morris looks down during a moment of silence for the victims of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, France, before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. The Clippers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

Detroit Pistons’ Marcus Morris looks down during a moment of silence for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. The Clippers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

LSU students pose in Tiger Stadium with a message of prayer for the victims of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, before an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU students pose in Tiger Stadium with a message of prayer for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, before an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jake Narracci, of North Branford, Conn., observes a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Paris before an NCAA college football game between Clemson and Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Jake Narracci, of North Branford, Conn., observes a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Paris before an NCAA college football game between Clemson and Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Cadets listen to a public address announcement remembering victims of Friday's attacks in Paris during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Cadets listen to a public address announcement remembering victims of Friday’s attacks in Paris during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

An Illinois fan pauses before an NCAA football game between Ohio State and Illinois in honor of those killed or injured in the Paris attacks., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

An Illinois fan pauses before an NCAA football game between Ohio State and Illinois in honor of those killed or injured in the Paris attacks., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

Players stand for a minute silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before the Unicef Match for Children charity football match between a Great Britain and Ireland team and a Rest of the World team at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Players stand for a minute silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before the Unicef Match for Children charity football match between a Great Britain and Ireland team and a Rest of the World team at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Spectators hold Ukrainian national flags during a minute silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before the Euro 2016 play-off first leg soccer match between Ukraine and Slovenia, in Lviv, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Spectators hold Ukrainian national flags during a minute silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before the Euro 2016 play-off first leg soccer match between Ukraine and Slovenia, in Lviv, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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After attacks, tight security at first Oscars of season

Tight security following the Paris terror attacks is in effect at Saturday night’s seventh annual Governors Awards, where Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are to receive the first Oscars of Hollywood’s award season.

Los Angeles police say security for the star-studded ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center will likely be increased in the wake of the attacks, as it will at several other high-profile events around the city on Saturday night.

Police say there are no known threats against the city, but the department is beefing up patrols as a precaution.

“If it falls under our jurisdiction, in light of what happened yesterday, you would think you’d have extra patrols out there,” Los Angeles Police spokesman Mike Lopez says Saturday. “Event security details would be doing that as well … especially if you have celebrities going in that venue.”

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