DIRECT Brussels / Multiple explosions this Tuesday March 22 in the morning at the airport and in the metro

Three explosions occurred this morning in Brussels in Belgium, a double explosion at the airport and one in the metro.

The explosions took place a few days after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, involved in the attacks of November 13 in Paris. Monday evening the Belgian Interior Ministry shared its fears of reprisals.

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An emergency number for people who have relatives in the places concerned has been set up: 00 32 506 47 11.

18:46 - There were three bombs in the airport, one of which did not explode, said the CEO of the airport.

18:44 - According to the Guardian, the British Foreign Office advises its nationals not to travel to Brussels. This information, confirmed by the World, is very unusual between European countries.

18:39 - TV5 Monde recalls the two emergency numbers set up in France and Belgium

18:00 - The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is illuminated in the colors of Belgium.


17:34 - The Belgian government releases a photo of three suspects, 1 of whom is wanted, the other two are said to have blown themselves up

17:00 - François Hollande on the register of condolences at the Belgian Embassy: "On this tragic day, France stands alongside Belgium".

16:21 - The Iranian president “strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels”. Hassan Rouhani also presents his “sincere condolences” to the Belgian government and people.

16:12 - From Cuba Barack Obama has provided support to Belgium:

“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the Belgian people. We express our solidarity with them, and we condemn these appalling attacks on innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to support our friends and allies in Belgium and bring justice to those responsible. This is another reminder to tell us that the world must unite. We must be together, regardless of our nationality, race, faith, and fight the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will beat those who threaten the safety of people all around the world. ”

16:10 - Interior Minister Jan Jambon announces three days of national mourning.

15:40 - Manuel Valls to the Assembly

15:16 - The government shows its support for Belgium on Twitter

15:13 - Reaction from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

“I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that a large number of people have been killed and injured in terrorist attacks which have targeted the population of Brussels, Belgium. Sophie and I join all Canadians in expressing our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed. We also wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been injured. Canada stands in solidarity with Belgium in this ordeal, and has offered it all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with our allies and the international community to help combat and prevent terrorism at home and abroad, and to bring to justice those responsible for planning and committing these senseless acts. . Canadians mourn the loss of so many victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium. "

15:06 - A new provisional toll shows 34 dead.

15:03 - The stations will reopen at 16 p.m. 500 soldiers will provide security.

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14:34 - Federica Mogherini, head of European diplomacy, in tears from the Jordanian capital

14:30 - Poignant editorial from the newspaper Le Soir:

It is with us, this "thing". "Our" first suicide attacks, bodies on the ground of our Zaventem airport, pieces of flesh in front of our metro train, disembowelled, at a forced stop.

14:25 - Reaction of Nicolas Sarkozy:

“After France, Belgium is directly targeted. Our democracies face an internal and external threat that has never been so high. In these tragic circumstances, our security arrangements must be adapted and our intelligence partnerships strengthened. It is an absolute imperative. ” Facing the LR senators, he clarified: "Between the arrest and these attacks, only three days ... This shows the seriousness of the implantation of these people".

14:04 - Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, calls for a silent gathering on the forecourt of the town hall at 19pm to "pay tribute to the victims of the attacks in Brussels".

13:08 - The provisional death toll is now 28 dead. 15 at the metro station and 13 at the airport. The number of injured stands at 90.

11:18 - The prosecution confirms the thesis of a suicide attack at Zaventem-Brussels airport. The balance sheet now shows 21 dead.

10h09 - The official death toll would be at least thirteen dead and thirty-five injured in the two explosions.

9h40 - Communiqué from the Belgian Government

“This morning, around 8 am, two explosions took place in the departure hall of Zaventem airport. The trail of an attack is currently being investigated. Victims are to be deplored following these explosions. The priority of the authorities and services concerned is to provide assistance to the victims and to secure the perimeter. The federal crisis management phase has been launched. A call center has been set up to answer questions from families and travelers: 1771. Everyone is asked not to go to Zaventem airport. Ocam performed a new threat analysis following these explosions. The general level for Belgium is raised to level 4, particularly for international stations, subways, airports, nuclear installations, the port of Antwerp. A national security council will be convened later today. The Belgian government wishes to express its full support for the victims and their families. ”

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