Facebook has set up a safety check page to help people establish whether friends and family in Paris are safe after a night of terror left more than 100 people dead.
A wave of at least six attacks in Paris have left more than 100 people dead across the city in the deadliest violence to strike France in decades, November 13, 2015.
Among the attacks, police reported a shootout in a Paris restaurant, multiple explosions near the Stade de France north of the city and a hostage situation at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The hostage situation ended with a police assault which left at least three attackers dead. The attackers killed at least 100 people according to a French police official.
“My thoughts are with everyone in Paris tonight,” said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post.
“Violence like this has no place in any city or country in the world. We’ve activated Safety Check, so if you’re in Paris you can mark yourself safe or check on your friends and family.”
Safety check lets you check yourself in as safe, or mark friends in the area who you know are safe.
You can see if any of your friends are in the danger area by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/paris_terror_attacks
A short explainer told people waking up the horrific news what had happened: “French President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency across France after a series of terror attacks on Friday night. The duration of the state of emergency remains unknown.”
The almost two million followers of the page were also rallying to help and providing details of emergency shelters where needed.
The Department of International Relations and Co-Operation (Dirco) was also working to establish the safety of South Africans currently in France.
Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela said they had established that embassy staff and the forward delegation to Cop21 were safe.
Dirco’s emergency line (+27)351 1000, based in Pretoria, is also available for concerned friends and family to check on loved ones.
07h00 Update: At least 153 killed in gunfire and blasts, French officials say.
- Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district – gun and suicide bomb attacks (at least 112 left dead)
- Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris – explosions near venue as France played Germany in football friendly
- Le Carillon bar, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district – gun attack
- Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district – gun attack (at least 14 people killed)
- La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district – gun attack
- La Casa Nostra restaurant, rue de la Fontaine au roi, 11th district – gun attack
An eyewitness has described a shooting attack on a restaurant in Paris in which several people are reported to have died. At least one man opened fire with an automatic gun at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district. It is one of a number of shootings reported in the city on Friday night. An explosion is also reported to have targeted a bar near Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany. Shooting has also been heard near the Bataclan arts centre with reports of hostages have been taken there. Ben Grant told BBC News that there were “a lot of dead people” outside the restaurant.
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