Brussels was hit by two major terrorist attacks Tuesday, March 22, which left at least 23 dead and dozens injured. At least 13 confirmed dead, 35 injured in two explosions before 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, inside the departure hall of Brussels airport, casued by a suicide bomber and apparently originating at the American Airlines desk. Belgian media report that shots and shouts in Arabic were heard at the time of the blasts. Sky correspondent Alex Rossi reported from the airport when the explosions occurred. He was on his way to the gate for a flight to Tel Aviv along with a number of Israeli and Jewish passengers. Some are reported among the casualties.
All flights from Europe to Israel have been cancelled.
The windows of the building were blown out and clouds of dust and smoke are billowing out. Police quickly evacuated passengers in case of attackers remaining in the hall and left them standing on the tarmac to wait for coaches and taken to a crisis center in Brussels. Panicked people ignored police instructions to leave their hand baggage behind as they fled. The Belgian authorities have placed the airport on lockdown and halted rail traffic to the facility
Airport spokesman all flights are grounded and travelers advised not to come to the airport. All European airports react to the terrorist outrage by double-checking and tightening security.