Paris, Berlin, Dubai and New York among cities showing solidarity following terror strikes
Paris’ Eiffel Tower is one of several European landmarks whose lighting has been arrayed in Belgium’s tricolor red, yellow and black following this morning’s terror attacks in Brussels.
The city was rocked Tuesday morning by a series of coordinated attacks, including two explosions at Brussels airport and one at a subway station in the Belgian capital. Initial reports suggested that the death toll could be as high as 31, according to the nation’s health minister Maggie De Block.
Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said one of the explosions at the airport was likely caused by a suicide bomber, according to NBC News. He also said it was too soon to offer a precise victim count.
De Block told the Guardian that at least 11 people were killed at the airport and at least 92 were injured.
In addition, up to 20 people were killed and 130 injured at the Maalbeek metro station located near the official European Union headquarters buildings.
Brussels officials raised the terror threat level to four, its highest level. They also shut down all public transportation in the city and advised locals to stay indoors; security was heightened throughout Europe in the wake of the attacks.
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany has also been illuminated in black, yellow and red to resemble the Belgian flag.
As has the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.
New York City will follow suit once the sun sets, with One World Trade Center, the sight of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, set to show solidarity with Brussels.
“Tonight, One World Trade Center will be displayed in black, yellow and red as we stand in solemn solidarity with the people of Belgium, just as they have done for us in the past,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “We join the world in mourning the victims of these attacks and remain committed to helping create a more just and peaceful world.”
In Dubai, the Burj Khalifa has also been cast in red and yellow lighting.
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Same goes for the royal palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The courthouse in Lyon, France is also showing solidarity.