The Archbishop of Canterbury has had to deny that he apologised for the firebombing of Dresden during his speech at a 70th anniversary memorial in the German city.
The Most Rev Justin Welby told a church service attended by German president Joachim Gauck that he felt a "regret and deep sorrow" when reflecting on the events of 70 years ago.
Allied bombing raids on Dresden left 25,000 civilians dead in 1945 and razed much of the city to the ground.
When asked in a BBC interview if he thought the UK and the United States should apologise and he said it was "very complicated question", noting that British civilians had suffered during the Blitz and other German bombings.
A spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury later moved to clarify the comments, saying:
Flood levels in the eastern German city of Dresden were expected to rise further today as the Elbe river flooded large parts of the old town.
Some 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes so far and the city issued a level four flood warning - the highest on the scale.