After a truck ploughed into a crowd outside a christmas market in Berlin yesterday, tributes have been flooding in on social media showing solidarity with the German capital.
As Berliners left flowers and lit candles at a makeshift tribute, a virtual book of condolences was building online. The hashtag #PrayforBerlin trended on Twitter with users expressing their condolences for the victims.
We're tired of waking up to hashtags.— We Are Southpaw (@WeAreSouthpaw) December 20, 2016
We're tired of hate, violence, body counts.
We're tired of living like this.#PrayforBerlin
An emotional tribute came from Nice, victim of a lorry attack in July, in which 86 people were killed.
VilledeNice</a> & Niçois solidaires du peuple allemand face à l'horreur.Ttes nos pensées aux victimes & familles <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IchBinEinBerliner?src=hash">#IchBinEinBerliner</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ILoveNice?src=hash">#ILoveNice</a> <a href="https://t.co/1VtDg0loua">pic.twitter.com/1VtDg0loua</a></p>— Ville de Nice (VilledeNice) 20 décembre 2016
Flags are to fly half-mast across Germany, and the European Commission buildings have also lowered their flags out of respect for the victims.
Elsewhere in Europe, flags were also flying at half-mast.
Public officials and bodies also took to Twitter to show their solidarity with the victims of the Berlin attack.
French president Francois Hollande sent a message of “solidarity and compassion to Chancellor Merkel, the Germany people and the families of the victims.”
J'exprime ma solidarité et ma compassion à la Chancelière Merkel, au peuple allemand et aux familles des victimes de Berlin.— François Hollande (@fhollande) 19 décembre 2016
British prime minister Theresa May sent a message to Chancellor Merkel on Monday night, according to a No 10 spokesperson who said, “She expressed that her thoughts are with the people of Berlin and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.” Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson sent his condolences.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also offered his condolences over the attack according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website.
It states Putin wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck saying: “This crime against peaceful civilians is shocking in its savage cynicism.”
Famous faces also wanted to share their support for the victims, from the world of sport, Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger, retired German footballer Michael Ballack and professional golfer Martin Kaymer.
I’m deeply shocked! My sincerest condolences to all victims, their families and everyone affected by this terroristic attack. #PrayForBerlin— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) December 20, 2016
If you wish to make your own tribute the hashtags being used are: #PrayforBerlin, #IchBinEinBerliner