Stirring Photos Following Brussels Attack Show The World Banding Together In Tribute
On Tuesday, two explosions shook the city of Brussels, Belgium. The attacks, which have since been claimed as the work of militant jihadist group ISIS, killed at least 34 and wounded 230 people, according to authorities. Throughout the day, a wave of stirring photos following the Brussels attack showed people in cities from all over the world coming together to pay tribute and show solidarity for the victims killed or injured at the Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station.
Earlier this week, police arrested one of the alleged terrorists from the November Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, in the Brussels' neighborhood of Molenbeek. The city had been on lockdown with a heightened level of security, according to Reuters, out of precaution for any potential planned attacks in the area or retaliatory measures. On Tuesday morning, following the series of deadly explosions in the capital city, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium made a statement alluding to security and expressing outrage at the violence.
"We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened," Michel said, in a statement, according to The New York Times. He added that the attacks were "blind, violent, cowardly."
On Twitter, Michel advised Brussels residents to stay where they were and refer to the crisis center phone number if needed until the danger had passed, but that didn't stop people from coming together in the center of the city Tuesday evening to hold memorials for the victims of the attacks and their loved ones. Across the globe, the very same thing seemed to be taking place.
Here are a few of the day's most moving moments, captured on camera.
The Ukrainian National Guard
In front of the Belgian embassy in Kiev, volunteer members of Azov, a Ukrainian version of the National Guard, held torches in front of a display of flowers at a ceremony to honor the victims of the attacks.
Refugees Stand Up
A refugee near the Greek-Macedonia border holds up a makeshift sign in a show of solidarity for Brussels. He's one of 10,500 refugees at the Idomeni camp, according to the Getty photographer responsible for snapping the photo.
Shows Of Overwhelming Emotion
These women embracing at a memorial in the Place de la Bourse in Brussels show that sometimes a hug, though it can't fix much, helps all the same.
Using Music To Heal
Again at the Place de la Bourse, in front of the stock exchange in Brussels, a man playing the cello set the mood.
Street Art Takes On A Whole New Meaning
This woman taking in all of the handwritten messages of solidarity and hope is everyone reading their Twitter timeline on Tuesday.
"La Dolce Vita" Prevails
At the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, crowds gathered to show support for the victims of Tuesday's attacks, instead of toss pennies into the famous fountain.
Spring Flowers In Germany
In Berlin, Germany, people laid flowers and candles in front of the Belgian embassy there.
Crowds Left Their Homes In Brussels
The crowd at Place de la Bourse grew throughout the day as Brussels residents looked for companionship.
In New York City, Residents Offer Prayers
A special mass for the victims was held at the Holy Family Church in Manhattan.
Moment Of Silence
A woman takes a moment to herself to think about the attacks.
A group gathers in Place de la Bourse in Brussels in the afternoon after the attacks.
Peace Above All
The most important message of all was lit up with tea light candles in front of the stock exchange in Brussels.
In the coming days, there are bound to be more images of people in Brussels and across the glove coming together to show support. With any luck, they might just help the city to heal.