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Barcelona victims: People from 34 countries are listed among dead and injured

Several foreigners have been identified among the 34 killed in a terror attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas.

Barcelona victims: People from 34 countries are listed among dead and injured
Police on Las Ramblas after the attack. Photo: AFP

The youngest victim of the attack is so far, is thought to be a three-year-old child who died from injuries sustained when the van ploughed through crowds on Las Ramblas shortly before 5pm on Thursday.

Meanwhile foreign embassies are still scrambling to locate and identify citizens who may have been caught up in the attacks.

Belgium's foreign affairs minister Didier Reynders confirmed on Twitter that one of its citizens was killed in the attack.

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There are reports that three Germans are among the dead after the attack on the Las Ramblas.

While French consulate officials have confirmed that 26 French citizens were injured on Las Ramblas, 11 of them described as being in a serious condition.

The Hague said three Dutch were injured, and a Greek diplomat reported three nationals had been wounded – a woman and her two children.

China also confirmed a citizen of Hong Kong had minor injuries, while the US state department said it knew of one American with minor injuries.

In Australia, foreign minister Julie Bishop said four Australians were hurt, with two woman in a serious but stable condition in hospital, while two Australian men who were “directly affected” had retreated to their hotel room and would seek medical attention in the morning.

One Australian is still missing the minister said.

The bodies of victims have been taken to Barcelona’s Ciudad de la Justicia where forensic teams will carry out autopsies and begin the work to identify them, from dental records, DNA and finger prints.

Spanish authorities are yet to publish the names of the dead and injured but have asked relatives of suspected victims to be on hand to provide DNA tests.

On Friday afternoon the Catalan emergency services published a preliminary list of nationalities of those killed or injured in the attack however:

German, Algerian, Argentinean, Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Moroccan, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Romanian, Venezuelan, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Egyptian, Spanish, American, Filipino, French, British, Greek, Dutch, Taiwanese, Honduran, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Kuwaiti, Macedonian, Mauritian, Pakistani, Peruvian, Dominican, Turk.

ENVIRONMENT

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?

Around 10,000 people demonstrated against the expansion of the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Sunday.

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?
People march during a demonstration against the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Several ecological and agricultural organisations, have demanded that the expansion be stopped due to the fact nearby wetlands and farms would have to be destroyed.

The demonstration took place on Calle Tarragona in the Catalan capital between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça dels Països Catalans.

The protests still took place, even though last week, Spain suspended the €1.7 billion airport expansion project, citing differences with the Catalan government, after president Pere Aragonès said he wanted to avoid destroying La Ricarda lagoon, a natural reserve next to the airport. 

Environmentalists decided not to call off the march, in case plans for the airport expansion still went ahead.

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Political representatives from ERC, En Comú Podem and the CUP also attended, as well as the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón; the Deputy Mayor for Ecology of the Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz, and the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler.

People from neighbourhoods across the city marched towards Calle Tarragona and could be seen holding placards that read Nature yes, airport no and shouting slogans such as “More courgettes and fewer planes” and “Fighting for the climate, health, and life”. 

One of the largest groups of people were those from El Prat de Llobregat, the municipality which is home to the airport, who were led by tractors. 

People march during a demonstration against the expansion of Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

In addition to protesting against the expansion of the El Prat airport, people were also demonstrating against the Winter Olympic Games in the Pyrenees and extensions to airports in Mallorca and Madrid. 

A representative of Zeroport, Sara Mingorría said “We are here to defend not only La Ricarda, but the entire Delta”. 

The philosopher Marina Garcés also argued that the expansion of the airport would mean “more borders, more mass tourism, more control and more precarious jobs.” 

The leader of the commons in the Catalan parliament, Jéssica Albiach, who also attended the protest, asked the PSOE for “coherence”: “You cannot be passing a law against climate change and, at the same time, defend the interests of Aena [the airport operations company]”, she said. 

She also urged the leader of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to “definitely say no. 

If the airport expansion in Barcelona goes ahead, environmentalists say that CO2 emissions would rise by a minimum of 33 percent. These levels would surpass the limits set by the Catalan government’s climate targets.

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