The State Department has confirmed that Americans are among those injured in the Paris terrorist attacks Friday.
"The United States Embassy in Paris is working round the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement Saturday. "The U.S. government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured, and are offering them the full range of consular assistance."
People place flowers and candles outside the cafe 'La Belle Equipe' at the Rue de Charonne in Paris on November 14, 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Friday. (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
"This is what we can say now; we’ll keep you posted as we are able to be more forthcoming publicly," Toner said.
The State Department has posted a number on social media outlets for family and friends to call to inquire about loved ones who are in Paris. The social media accounts have also encouraged those in Paris to either contact family or use social media to let their loved ones know that they are safe.
Those concerned about a U.S. citizen in Paris can call 1-888-407-4747 (in US) or 202-501-4444 (overseas) for assistance & follow @TravelGov.— Department of State (@StateDept) November 14, 2015
Extra staff working thru the night to help you locate US relatives in Paris who haven't checked in. 1-888-407-4747 (From the US and Canada)— U.S. Embassy France (@USEmbassyFrance) November 14, 2015
Americans in Paris: If you are safe, be sure to notify friends and loved ones. If you use social media, be sure to update your statuses.— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) November 14, 2015
Facebook has activated a tool that allows for those in Paris to essentially "check-in" that they are safe — alerting their Facebook friends of their safety.
Technology is awesome. pic.twitter.com/20pC3eILd2— Kaitlyn Schallhorn (@K_Schallhorn) November 14, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry called the events of Friday "heinous, evil, vile acts" in a statement.
"Those of us who can must do everything in our power to fight back against what can only be considered an assault on our common humanity," Kerry said Friday.