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    13 dead in Barcelona attack

    A driver deliberately ploughed a van into the pedestrians of one of Spain’s busiest streets on Thursday, killing up to 13 people in what police said was a “terrorist attack”.

    “Huge collision on the Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries,” a statement from Catalan police said.

    At least 80 people have been hospitalized and around 13 have died, Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s regional head, told a news conference. It was still not clear how many attackers had been involved in the incident. A driver ran over two police officers at a checkpoint in Barcelona following a van attack in the city centre, Catalan police said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear whether the incident was linked to the van attack in the city centre.

    The ISIS group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but police have not yet confirmed ISIS’ claims.

    Two people have been arrested thus far. Spanish public broadcaster RTVE said a suspect was arrested and Reuters later said another person has been arrested in connection with the attack. Police said the van used in the attack was rented by a man named Driss Oukabir, in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, according to El Pais, but it remains unclear whether the arrested suspect is Oukabir. They later released a photo of Oukabir.

    ‘Confirmed terrorist attack’

    The area around the incident was cordoned off, with several ambulances and police vehicles on the scene, an AFP correspondent said. Heavily armed police were seen going door-to-door on Las Ramblas after the van attack, while witnesses reported seeing several dead bodies in the street.

    A second van linked to the Barcelona attack was found in the small town of Vic in Catalonia, local authorities there said on Twitter. Police had cordoned off the area and were inspecting the vehicle, the city council said.

    Spanish media earlier reported that a second van had been rented as a getaway car by attackers.

    Police in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, described the initial incident on Twitter as a “massive crash”. Emergency services said people should not go to the area around the city’s Placa Catalunya, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.

    Witnesses to the attack said the white van sped down the road, moving from left to right without slowing down, with many running for shelter in nearby shops and restaurants.

    El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people, as AFP reported that Barcelona police had confirmed the incident was a “confirmed terrorist attack”.

    The Cadena Ser radio station reported that a Spanish identity card with an Arabic name has been found inside the van, The Guardian reported.

    Police said they do not know the motive for the attack.

    ‘Lots of screams’

    The famous Las Ramblas boulevard is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.

    Steven Turner, a British ex-pat who works in the area of the van attack, told to the BBC: “People in my office saw a van ramming into people on Las Ramblas. I saw about three or four people laying on the ground.

    “There are lots of ambulances and armed police with assault rifles around now.

    “About five minutes later I heard lots of screams from the crowd and then they dispersed.”

    A taxi driver told the TV3 television station that he saw people being run over by the van.

    The channel reported that at least one attacker was holed up in a Turkish restaurant called Bar Luna de Istanbul but police later dismissed the report.

    Mobile phone footage showed several bodies strewn along the Ramblas, some motionless. Paramedics and bystanders bent over them, treating them and trying to comfort those still conscious.

    Around them, the boulevard was deserted, covered in rubbish and abandoned objects including hats, flip-flops, bags and a pram.

    “We saw a white van collide with people. We saw people going flying because of the collision, we also saw three cyclists go flying,” Ellen Vercamm, on holiday in Barcelona, told El Pais newspaper.

    World leaders react

    Commenting on the incident, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted “The terrorists will never defeat a united people who love freedom in the face of barbarism”.

    “All of Spain is with the victims and families,” he added.

    US President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help.”

    He added: “Be tough & strong, we love you!”

    French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter “we remain united and determined”, calling the situation a “tragic attack”.

    And UK Prime Minister Theresa May said “the UK stands with Spain against terror” after calling the incident a “terrible attack”.

    Previous attacks

    Spain has so far been spared the kind of militant violence that has occurred in nearby France, Belgium and Germany.

    But it was hit by what is still Europe’s deadliest attack in March 2004, when bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people in an attack claimed by al Qaeda-inspired militants.

    Vehicles have been used in several terror attacks in Europe in recent years, including a massacre that claimed 86 lives in the French Riviera city of Nice.

    That onslaught in July last year and other similar attacks were claimed by the ISIS group.

    In July 2015, a hooded attacker opened fire in a downtown Barcelona near the Ramblas, leaving two people injured, police said.

    One person was struck by bullets while the other was shooting, who fled the scene. No suspected motive for the attack was given.

    Spain has emerged as a potential target for militants, with extremist websites mentioning it for historical reasons, since its territory was once under Muslim rule.

    Generally, authorities in Spain – the world’s third largest tourist destination – remain discreet on the terror threat.

    But they advertise every arrest of alleged militants, most of them detained for propaganda, recruitment for extremist groups or “glorifying terrorism”.

    According to the interior ministry, more than 180 “jihadist terrorists” have been arrested since June 2015 when it raised the terror alert level to four out of a maximum of five, in domestic and foreign operations.



    This is just a distraction after the White supremacist neo-nazi domestic's terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA and the calls to ban them and label them as a terrorize organization.

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    Spain ‘issues arrest warrant’ for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over 2010 Gaza flotilla attack

    ‘We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled’

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported.

    According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Mr Netanyahu and the six other individuals enter the country, as their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010 reopened.

    The other men named in the issue are former defence minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Leiberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, minister without portfolio Benny Begin and vice admiral maron Eliezer, who was in charge of the operation.

    The case – which was put on hold by Judge de la Mata last year – was brought against the men following an attack by Israeli security forces against the Freedom Flotilla aid ships in 2010, which was trying to reach Gaza.

    It concerns the Mavi Marmara ship, the main civilian vessel in a fleet of six that were attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The six ships were carrying around 500 passengers, humanitarian aid and construction materials. The Israeli Defence Force stormed the ship in a raid that left nine human rights activists dead. A tenth activist died later that month due to wounds sustained in the raid.

    The Israeli Prime Minister and other officials now face charges in the case, should it be reopened.

    An Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshontold the Jerusalem Post: “We consider it to be a provocation. We are working with the Spanish authorities to get it cancelled. We hope it will be over soon.”



    Barcelona votes to be free of Israeli apartheid

    city council passed a historic declaration on Wednesday upholding the right to boycott Israel over its violations of Palestinian rights.

    The motion condemns Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, calls for the immediate end to the decade-long Gaza blockade and ensures that the city’s public procurement policies exclude companies that profit from Israel’s human rights abuses.

    It also admonishes Israel for its intransigence in the face of repeated warnings from the international community to stop its illegal colonization of Palestinian land, according to the Catalan daily Ara.

    The council recognizes “nonviolent campaigns promoted by Palestinian and international civil society for defending international and human rights law in Palestine” – a clear nod to the BDS movement.

    The city joins dozens of Spanish municipalities which have declared themselves “free of Israeli apartheid.”

    A coalition of Spanish and Catalan boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) groups welcomed the vote.

    “We celebrate this victory because we believe it to be a great step forward in raising the awareness of the role of local government in the defense of human rights and in breaking the complicity that inherently bolsters apartheid and the occupation of Palestine,” the groups state.

    “This resolution is an institutional recognition of civil society demands for an end to complicity in violations of international law through nonviolent struggle, as practiced by the BDS movement,” the groups add.

    The city’s recognition of the right to engage in Israel boycott activism, at a time when more European governments move to protect such activism, “is a triumph for free speech and democratic rights in Europe,” said Rafeef Ziadah of the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

    “It gives further recognition to BDS as an inclusive, inspiring, anti-racist movement rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that upholds the basic principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity,” Ziadah added.
    Israel worries

    For years, Spanish and Catalan activists have engaged in direct action against academic and cultural partnerships with Israeli-backed institutions.

    In 2014, dozens of activists occupied the offices of Catalan government representatives to protest a wave of newly signed academic collaboration deals between the autonomous region and Israel.

    The action forced the representatives to agree to examine proposals aimed at ensuring the new deals do not benefit institutions and companies that participate in Israel’s occupation.

    More than 350 Catalan academics and university staff backed the action, calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
    The Israeli government, meanwhile, has expressed worry over the growing popularity of BDS activism in Spain, especially as larger cities such as Barcelona, led by left-wing mayor Ada Colau, vote to support Palestinian rights.

    A 2016 cable from the Israeli embassy in Spain described “the phenomenon of anti-Israeli activity in Spain” as “bothersome and worrisome, but in the past was centered in small cities.”

    But the cable warned that Barcelona city council members were considering canceling a sister-city agreement with Tel Aviv, according to The Jerusalem Post.

    After Wednesday’s city council vote, David Bondia Garcia, a professor of international law and president of the Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya, a human rights organization, asserted in the newspaper el Periódicothat a break in the twinning agreement with Tel Aviv would be the next logical step.

    The Barcelona motion comes just two months after pro-Israel groups in Spain filed charges against Palestine solidarity activists for calling on a music festival two years ago to cancel a performer who has used his celebrity to fundraise for the Israeli army and to support anti-Palestinian causes.

    Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement, called the charges “legal intimidation.”



    This was probably another reason for Barcelona attack.

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    Mosque and Moroccan Consulate Attacked in Spain Following Terrorist Attacks

    Rabat – The Moroccan consulate in Tarragona, 82 kilometers southern Barcelona, has been attacked by splattering blood on its premises on Friday.

    A picture shared on Twitter shows the building of the Moroccan consulate stained with blood, a clear threat against Moroccans in Spain.

    Meanwhile, an article by the Spanish press agency EFE published by ABC online reported that the city’s mosque was the target of a similar attack.

    On the mosque’s wall death threats were painted with a message that reads “Vais a morir putos moros” (You’re going to die you f…ing Moroccans’’.) In Spanish parlance, the word “moros” refers generally to Moroccans.

    The two incidents came after the two attacks in Barcelona on Thursday night and Cambrils in the early hours of Friday.

    In Barcelona, a terrorist attacked a large group of people with a rented van, causing the death of 13 people and injuring almost 100.

    A Moroccan young man of 28, identified as Driss Oukabir, handed himself in police, claiming his 18 years old younger brother, Moussa, stole his identity and drove the car.

    In Cambrils five suspected terrorists were gunned down by police officers during a patrol operation.

    The two attacks have renewed fears of reprisals against the Muslim community in Spain and probably elsewhere in Europe.


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    Racists are targeting mosques across Spain with flares, graffiti and abuse after Barcelona

    The Seville Mosque Foundation’s centre was targeted with anti-Muslim hate speech, such as ‘Killers, you’re going to pay’, and another one that used a slur for North Africans.

    The graffiti, which was discovered on Saturday morning, also included threats to behead Muslims with machetes.

    At the same time a mosque in Granada was attacked with flares by a gang of people in a horrific racist attack.

    Shocking footage of the Granada attack shows children and families fleeing in terror as orange smoke filled the area, and around a dozen people chant racist slogans.

    Around a dozen people descended on the mosque, holding a banner that said ‘Whoever finances this mosque, finances terrorism’ while spitting racist epithets.

    Right-wing group Hogar Social has been accused of carrying out the attack, and were reportedly driven away by police officers.

    The witness, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘People started to hear xenophobic chants and these ‘beings’ appeared. Tourists in the mosque’s yard and entrance started running away.

    ‘Kids, families. The people of faith there closed the doors from inside as these neos [Neo-Nazis] were doing their chants.

    They then tried to enter, or so it seemed. To insult or to attack I couldn’t tell. But these people are not nice at all.’

    Jalid Nieto, a spokesman for the mosque, said he had reported the gang to the police – and called it a ‘hate crime’.

    He added: ‘They are taking advantage of Thursday’s terror attack, which pains us and has left us devastated, to try to make ideological capital.

    ‘People should understand that Muslims, just like any other person, can be victims of the injustice of the individuals behind Thursday’s attacks.’

    Nieto also accused the racists of ‘taking advantage of the horrible incidents in Catalonia’ to further their message of hate.
    None of the gang have as yet been identified.




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    Barcelona attack: Woman caught up in third terror event after surviving London Bridge and Paris rampages

    'The next second we knew we were literally running for our lives'

    Barcelona attack: Woman caught up in third terror event after surviving London Bridge and Paris rampages

    'The next second we knew we were literally running for our lives'

    The Melbourne woman was also placed on lockdown on the Tube as three knifemen rampaged in London Bridge and was in Notre Dame the day a police officer was stabbed outside the famous cathedral.

    Ms Monaco told of "absolute pandemonium" as she was locked in a shop in Placa de Catalyuna, at the top of Las Ramblas, after terrorists mowed down pedestrians in the busy street on Thursday.

    “All of a sudden we were locked in the shop and confusion started to sprinkle among the people,” she told Australian radio station 3AW.

    "The next second we knew we were literally running for our lives to the very back of the store where we were told to get on the ground away from the windows and lay as flat as possible."

    Genuinely terrifying experience. One minute I'm shopping for tshirts, the next I'm running to get away from the windows #barcelona
    — Julia Monaco (@juliaandmonaco) August 17, 2017

    She told 9 News: "We didn't see the van, we could just see the crowds and the police and some people who had clearly seen something terrible happen.

    "We were looking at about 200 people crowded out in the square.

    "Suddenly everyone outside just started screaming and everyone turned at the same time.

    "People were literally pushing to get into the store off the street... We were genuinely terrified."

    Ms Monaco described children screaming amid "considerable panic" in the shop before they were evacuated by police through a side door.

    “I feel a bit rattled, it’s not how I really expected today to go,” she added.

    “But I don't feel like I want to go home. I feel like I want to stay here and not let them, whoever they might be, win."



    Brussels attacks: Teenager also survived Boston and Paris bombings

    A teenager who survived the Brussels airport attack was a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line at the time of the bombing and was in Paris on November 13 last year.

    Yesterday, at least 14 people died and dozens more were injured in two explosions that went off near to an American Airlines desk at Zaventem Airport just after 7 local time.

    An explosion was heard at Maalbeek metro station just under an hour later. A Belgian transport officer said that 20 people were killed in the blast.

    Mason Wells, 19, was hit by shrapnel when the bombs, which were hidden in suitcases, detonated. He ruptured his Achilles tendon and suffered second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands.

    Remarkably, Mason, a Mormon missionary, also survived the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, and the Paris attacks last November.

    ‘This is his third terrorist attack,’ his father, Chad, told ABC News.

    ‘This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast.’

    Mason was a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line, the site of the bombing, when it detonated. He was also in Paris on November 13.

    Mason is at a Belgian hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

    A Mormon official told Mason’s parents that ‘despite being on the ground and bleeding he actually had a sense of humour and remained calm through the situation.’

    Joseph Empey, 20, was with Mason at the time of the attack and was also injured. He was treated for second-degree burns to his face, hands and head.



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