People from all over the world have banded together on social media to show support for the victims in Brussels, where three explosions have killed dozens and injured hundreds more at an airport and subway station Tuesday.
#JeSuisBruxelles and #PrayForBrussels began to trend hours after the three bombings — two at the city's international airport and another at its subway station located near the European Union headquarters. The hashtag was filled with posts and pictures depicting compassion, regret and unity.
Belgians are helping out their fellow countrymen and stranded victims following the blasts using hashtags #OpenHouse and #IkWilHelpen (or "I want to help"), offering accommodations and other services. Alexandre Alaphilippe, a communications manager, told BuzzFeed he was inspired to start the hashtag after a friend started a similar after the Paris terrorist attacks.
The cause has been embraced from all the corners of the city.
Additionally, Paris' official Twitter account has changed its main photo to the colors of the Belgian flag. Their city's mayor has said the Effiel Tower will light up in those hues as well.
The incident comes after Salah Abdeslam, a man who authorities said was involved in the Paris terror attacks last year, was arrested in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek on Friday. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said there’s no information as to whether those events are related.