Two Israelis Among Foreigners Attacked in Germany Over Past 48 Hours

String of xenophobic attacks in Germany follow reports of hundreds of assaults on women on New Year's Eve.

Right-wing demonstrators hold a sign "Rapefugees not welcome - !Stay away!" and a sign with a crossed out mosque as they march in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016.
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Two Israeli students aged 25 and 26 were verbally and physically assaulted by six men dressed in black at the sidelines of an anti-immigration rally in Germany's Dresden late on Monday, said police.

The Israelis however, were only two victims among several in a string of xenophobic attacks across Germany in the past 48 hours, police confirmed on Tuesday.

An Indian man, a man of African descent and a teenager with German citizenship were also among the people that were targets of attacks in Cologne, Dresden and Duisburg, police said.

The attacks may be retaliatory crimes after hundreds of assaults against women on New Year's Eve in several German cities were linked to foreigners.

In Cologne, 653 complaints have been filed with police, prompting politicians to call for increased security, the expulsion of criminal asylum seekers and the reduction of migrant flows going forward.

At the sidelines of a demonstration in Duisburg, also against immigration, two suspects attacked and injured a dark-skinned 18-year-old German citizen. Both suspects had been attending the rally and were later detained, police said.

Meanwhile, an Indian man was attacked in Cologne by a large group of men and sustained injuries to the face, senior prosecutor Ulf Willuhn said.