Maastricht Mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake is opening a condolence book on Monday afternoon for the Pinczowski siblings killed in the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week.
Several hundred Dutch people of Turkish and Moroccan descent demonstrated against terrorism in Rotterdam on Sunday. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb also participated and gave a speech.
A peace rally put together by several Muslim organizations drew hundreds of people from various faiths to Amsterdam’s Dam Square on Friday evening. The demonstration was a show of unity following the attacks in Brussels earlier in the week.
Indian airlines opened its new base at Schiphol early a few days early in order to take its passengers stranded after the terrorist attacks in Brussels home to India
Elita Weah from Deventer and Maastricht siblings Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were all killed in the suicide bombings at Brussels airport on Tuesday, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs just announced.
The opposition parties in parliament are not happy with Minister Ard van der Steur's explanation that Turkey did not follow the right procedures in informing the Netherlands that Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was being deported to the country. According to the opposition, the Minister is only trying to keep his side clean.
Brussels bomber Ibrahim el Bakraoui was extradited from Turkey to the Netherlands in July last year, but the Netherlands did not know he was suspected of being a terrorist. The Turks did report El Bakraoui's flight, but only in an electronic note sent to the Dutch embassy, and not with the usual phone call, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to Parliament on Thursday.
On July 15th last year, an employee of the Belgian embassy in Ankara informed the Netherlands that Ibrahim el Bakraoui - believed to be a bomber in the Brussels terrorist attacks on Tuesday - was deported from Turkey to the Netherlands, NRC reports based on sources in The Hague.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will be observing a moment of silence followed by a commemoration for the victims of terrorist attacks in Brussels at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon
Elita Weah, 41, is the third Dutch person missing after the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. She was at the Zaventem airport for a flight to America to attend a family member's funeral, freind Monica Ambrose said
Rolf Timmers from Roosendaal and Tom Schoondermark from Sprang-Capelle were both at the Zaventem airport in Brussels on Tuesday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up. They still can't believe what happened, but know they were very lucky to survive unharmed.
Turkish authorities caught a man suspected of carrying out the Brussels attacks last June, and expelled him from the country, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. The alleged attacker, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, was caught in Gaziantep at the Syrian border and then sent to the Netherlands, an Erdogan representative later told media outlets.
At least three Dutch people are missing in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands confirmed Wednesday evening. Two of those missing, siblings Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, had just finished visiting family and friends in Maastricht.
A large delegation of the Dutch cabinet will be attending a gathering at the Belgian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will give a speech.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte ordered all flags on government buildings to hang at half-mast on Thursday to show support for Belgium following the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. This includes municipal and provincial buildings, as well as Dutch diplomatic representations abroad,
"We must remain upright. This is an attack on our open and free society", King Willem-Alexander said in a second response to terrorists attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. The King gave a short speech at De Haagse Markt, a local street market, while visiting the Transvaal and Schilderswijk neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods have substantial numbers of people living there who come from an ethnic minority background, including many from Muslim families.
Travel agencies in the Netherlands area concerned that the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday will lead to mass cancellations of booked holidays. "The terrorist threat is getting very close for people now. More and more people are afraid to take the plan or the train to go abroad", Frank Oostdam of ANVR said
Maastricht family Pinczowski are out of their minds with worry about their kids Alexander and Sascha. The siblings, both in their 20's, haven'nt been heard from since the suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. The two were at the Zaventem airport when the bombings happened.
Football stadiums are "relatively" safe and the terrorist attacks in Brussels will have no direct consequences for football matches, according to Will van Rhee, security expert at FIFA.
Extra security on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium is leading to traffic jams between the two countries. The increased border checks are in response to terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.
"The huge blow threw everyone to the ground. When I woke I saw people screaming, bloodied faces and chaos. It was just like in a movie", 29 year old Lennie Wagemans from Horst told RTL Nieuws. She and a friend, Hanneke, were at Zaventem airport in Brussels on Tuesday when suicide bombers attacked.
The suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday hit Muslims in the Netherlands just as hard as everyone else, but with the addition that they also have to worry about retaliation. Several Muslim organizations are organizing a peace rally in Amsterdam on Friday, to show solidarity and support for Brussels and Belgium.
The Netherlands lit up several buildings in the colors of the Belgian flags in honor of those who fell victim to the suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday. Flags at Schiphol and in The Hague are hanging at half mast