Belgium in Brief: Secret Nazi hospital, Storm warning and Ed Sheeran in Brussels
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Belgium in Brief: Secret Nazi hospital, Storm warning and Ed Sheeran in Brussels

Friday, 12 July 2019

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An underground Nazi field hospital was discovered under a Flemish town, Belgium prepares for a storm to break the uncomfortable hot weather and three men convicted of raping a transgender woman in Antwerp get prison time.

Here’s a recap of the news you should know in Belgium this morning:

1. Authorities struggle to fix broken bridge over Brussels ring road

The railing of a bridge over the Brussels ring road in very poor condition has remained broken as local authorities argue they are unable to carry out the repairs, even as residents worry that it may lead to a “catastrophe,” according to reports. Read more.

2. Underground Nazi field hospital discovered in Flemish town

A field hospital belonging to the Nazis has been discovered beneath a municipal well in the town of Wevelgem, confirming year-old rumours that such facilities lay just below the ground in the small Flemish town, according to reports. Read more.

3. Wind, showers and hail: yellow alert issued as storm hits Belgium

Authorities have placed the majority of the country under a yellow alert, as an intense thunderstorm is expected to bring heavy showers, strong winds and even hail to some parts of Belgium from Friday morning. Read more.

4. Rapists of transgender woman get five years after attacking her during first night out

Three men have been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old during her first night out as transgender, Antwerp’s correctional court on ruled Thursday, according to reports. Read more.

5. Suspension lifted for Molenbeek policeman accused of assault on youth

A police officer who was filmed giving an immobilised suspect a hefty kick in the head during an intervention in Molenbeek in Brussels has had a four-month suspension lifted by the Council of State. Read more

6. Pre-trial detention for Brussels attacks terrorists extended

The pre-trial detention of three surviving terrorists of the 2016 Brussels attacks has been extended, the public prosecutor’s office announced Thursday according to reports. Read more.

7. Ed Sheeran opens pop-up store in Brussels

To celebrate the launch of his new album, a pop-up store dedicated to British pop star Ed Sheeran will open in Brussels for one day only on Friday. Read more.

Jules Johnston 
The Brussels Times

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