By Nichola Jones, IFRC
Emergency teams from the Spanish Red Cross have been supporting people in Barcelona following an attack which killed at least 13 and injured more than 100.
Volunteers and staff have been providing emergency health care and psychological support for those affected by the incident, which saw a van crash into people on the Catalonian capital’s busy Las Ramblas street at about 5pm on 17 August.
A rest centre was set up at Hotel Palace in Gran Vía for survivors and their loved ones. The Spanish Red Cross was at the scene providing emotional and practical support to those affected.
In Plaza Cataluña, the Red Cross has been working with local authorities to set up medical posts. Volunteers distributed food and water to people left stranded in the aftermath of the attack and also helped to transport people back to their homes and hotels.
Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Europe Region, Simon Missiri, said: “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this incident and to our Spanish Red Cross volunteers who were on the ground supporting people affected by this horrific incident – psychological and emotional support in particular at this incredibly difficult time is vital.”
There were also reports of a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town about 120km from Barcelona where six people and one police officer are believed to have been injured.