Viewers can watch live as Paris police corner terrorists in two separate standoffs just days after the massacre at the Charlie Hedbo headquarters.
Police have been tracking down the men believed responsible for the terrorist attack, which left 12 dead including a Muslim police officer executed on the street. Now French security forces are facing down two simultaneous hostage situations, with attackers holding a number of civilians.
The brothers suspected of carrying out the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack — 32-year-old Cherif Kouachi and 34-year-old Said Kouachi — were cornered Friday inside a printing house in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele.
Hours later, another standoff emerged in eastern Paris when a separate attacker held a number of hostages in a kosher market. The second hostage taker is believed to be the same person responsible for killing a policewoman in a separate attack hours after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. There are unconfirmed reports that two people have been killed in the second standoff.
Paris police have identified Amedy Coulibaly as the suspect in the second attack, and identified Hayet Boumddiene as his accomplice.
There are reports that the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks told some hostages that they do not kill civilians, but local authorities fear the situation may only end in violence.
“They said they want to die as martyrs,” Yves Albarello, a local lawmaker who said he was inside the command post, told French television station i-Tele.
Police closed schools near the standoff scenes and warned residents to stay inside their homes. Some frightened Paris residents have said they hope police are able to capture the suspects and bring them to justice, rather than allowing them to die.
“I hope this will come to an end soon, that they are arrested and that violence stops,” graphic designer Elena Bucher told USA Today. “I hope they will be tried in a court of justice, not killed.”
“We cannot continue living in fear,” she added.
The Paris hostage standoffs are playing out in front of millions of viewers, with live coverage on a number of international outlets. Many of them are making streams available online, with coverage in English and French.
Here is a complete list of streaming video of the Paris hostage crisis (via Reddit)
In addition to streaming video of the Paris hostage situations, a number of news outlets are publishing live updates of the standoffs. More information can be found at the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and CNN.
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