German asylum shelter destroyed in arson attack


German asylum shelter destroyed in arson attack
A migrant displays a sign reading "Thank you for your help" after he and others arrived at the border between Austria and Hungary. AP photo

Athens, Greece - The migrants had not yet moved in when the building was attacked early Sunday.


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Published: Sun 20 Sep 2015, 4:38 PM

Last updated: Sun 20 Sep 2015, 6:44 PM

Police say an arson attack on a future asylum shelter for up to 400 people in Wertheim in southern Germany destroyed the building so badly that it can no longer be used for the migrants.
The gym had already been equipped with more than 300 beds, but the migrants had not yet moved in when the building was attacked early Sunday. It was not clear who was behind the attack.
Meanwhile, soldiers, police and volunteers are working together to establish order on the Austrian border as about 7,000 people crowd the crossing at Nickelsdorf, near Vienna.
A long line of people fleeing conflict and poverty formed on the empty truck parking lot Sunday as recent arrivals from Hungary waited for buses to take them to temporary shelters across Austria, or to the nearby railway station, where two specially organised trains had already left for Vienna.
Dozens of soldiers, some wearing vests identifying them as military police lined up beside them, arms crossed to keep them in line, as they moved toward the waiting vehicles.
Cabbies were also doing business with migrants who had enough money for the taxi fare to Vienna.
Red cross workers and volunteers set up impromptu feeding stations, handing out sandwiches and noodles.
Not far from the scene, more people arrived by foot, crossing into Austria after buses on the Hungarian side set them out at Hegyeshalom. They appeared tired but happy.
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