German police on Sunday reported three separate physical attacks targeting Syrian refugees as well as several arson attacks on planned asylum shelters across Germany, in which six Syrians have been injured and hospitalised over the weekend.
Reportedly, two Syrian men, who were not identified, were beaten with baseball bats by a group of at least 20 people who approached them, as they were standing outside their shelter in the city of Wismar by the Baltic Sea. The attackers escaped and the two refugees were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.
In Magdeburg, a group of 30 people beat up three Syrian men, who were also hospitalised after the incident. Police said that they detained a 24-year-old suspect.
In a third attack, on an asylum shelter in Freital in the eastern city of Saxony, a Syrian man was injured when pieces of glass hit him following explosives thrown against the window of his room. Markus Ulbig, the Interior Minister of Saxony, harshly condemned the "cowardly and cold-blooded attack" and pointed out that a far-right motive was likely, the German news agency DPA reported.
In the town of Sehnde near Hanover, a 43-year-old man was taken into custody for allegedly attempting to burn a home of an asylum seeking family from Montenegro, early on Sunday. Nobody was harmed in the attack.
Several arson attacks were also reported on planned asylum shelters at different parts of Germany such as an empty hotel in Dresden and a former youth club in Castrop-Rauxel in western Germany.
Such attacks targeting asylum-seekers and refugee shelters have raised sharply in Germany in the past months. Since the beginning of the year, 576 crimes have been carried out against refugee shelters, leaving behind last year’s 198 attacks, Germany's Interior Ministry had stated last week.
Refugees, mainly Syrians, are trying to enter Europe to start a new life, as they are escaping war, conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.