BRUSSELS, Belgium — Brussels was rocked on Tuesday, March 22, by multiple blasts, that killed at least 26 and injured many more.
As emergency responders and crisis teams race to help victims of the blasts, Europe stands in unison against this “black day” against democracy.
French President Francois Hollande said of the attack on Brussels: “The whole of Europe has been hit.”
He urged Europe to take “vital steps in the face of the seriousness of the threat.”
Meanwhile, other countries, such as Spain, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have both stood in solidarity with Belgium and prepared themselves by increasing security and, in some cases, freezing the air and rail links with Brussels as a precautionary measure.
Aside from the twin blasts at Zaventem Airport, a third explosion hit Maalbeek metro station near the European Union’s main buildings as commuters attempted to make their way to work in rush hour.
Pierre Meys, spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade, told AFP at least 11 people had been killed at the airport, while transport operator STIB said at least 15 others had died in the underground blast and 55 were wounded.