Police raided dozens of homes in eastern Germany as prosecutors stepped up their efforts to quell an outburst of neo-Nazi violence following another night in which youths attacked a hostel for foreign refugees and detonated a makeshift bomb.
Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin expressed concern Wednesday at the surge of violence by right-wing extremists, saying the slaughter perpetrated by Nazis during the Holocaust gave Jews the right to "demand that all relapses into the dark past must be opposed with all power."A police spokesman said officers raided 107 homes in 15 cities across the eastern part of the country, including Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz, Bautzen and other cities and towns in Saxony, the most populous of the five federal states in east Germany.
Police were searching for evidence against neo-Nazi extremists who for the past year have been attacking hostels for foreigners seeking asylum in Germany. Courts ordered the raids in response to requests by prosecutors investigating bomb and arson attacks aimed at hostels and foreigners.