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Lord Provost

In sympathy with Brussels

On behalf of all of the people of Edinburgh, I send our heartfelt condolences to Brussels and the families of those who have died and are injured.

I am sending a letter of sympathy to both the Belgian Consul General and Mayor of Brussels, but words can hardly do justice in the wake of such an attack and can only confirm that we stand with the people of Belgium.

The flags flying above Edinburgh City Chambers have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect and support for all those affected.

Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and their loved ones at this sad time.

If you are worried: 

A helpline has been set up for anyone concerned about people they know who were due to use Zaventem airport. The number is +3227537300.

For those in Brussels, the Crisis Center has set up an emergency hotline on 1771 but has asked that only those concerned about family and friends call.

Britain's Foreign Office has set up a helpline for people in the UK on 02070080000.

Facebook has activated a "safety check" button for people in Brussels to reassure loved ones that they are safe.