German Red Cross sets up temporary shelter after Munich attack

Published: 23 July 2016 17:50 CET

By Andreea Anca, IFRC


The German Red Cross set up a temporary shelter in the Werner-von-Linde-Halle sport hall in Munich, welcoming those unable to return to their homes after the gun attack on Friday, 22 July. Red Cross workers from the Bavarian branch offered cups of tea and a comforting word until the early hours on Saturday, as buses, trams, cars and other means of transport stopped and highways were sealed off.


The President of the German Red Cross, Rudolf Seiters expressed his words of sympathy and support for the victims:


"We are shocked about what happened in Munich. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” he said on the day of the attack, which killed nine people, injuring 27 others.  


In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the German Red Cross activated its state-of-the-art emergency system, mobilizing around 200 of the staff and volunteers as well as the emergency infrastructure of the branch in Bavaria at short notice.



He went on to acknowledge the work and dedication of volunteers at times of crisis: “I would like to thank all our volunteers, and indeed those from other humanitarian organizations who help rescue lives and protect people.”


The German Red Cross is a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the largest humanitarian organization who carries out operations in support of the victims at times of crisis.


It is independent and neutral, acting as an auxiliary to the German government, cooperating closely with authorities on humanitarian matters.