The incident reportedly occurred at a department store in the Grote Marktstraat in the center of the city.
Police in the Dutch city of The Hague said on Friday night that there had been a stabbing incident in a shopping street in the center of town, with several wounded. Authorities have said that emergency services are already on site.
Dutch media reported that the incident took place in or near a department store in the Grote Markt area. Because of Black Friday sales, there were unusually large crowds in that part of the city.
The Hudson’s Bay department store told the media that all they could confirm is that none of their staff members were involved.
#AirEuropaInfo False Alarm. In the flight Amsterdam – Madrid, this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport. Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize.
Dutch military police were dispatched to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport over a “suspicious situation” on an Air Europa plane. The airline later said the incident was a “false alarm” accidentally triggered by the pilot.
The Spanish airline Air Europa said a security alert over a possible plane hijacking at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Wednesday was a “false alarm.” “In the flight Amsterdam-Madrid, this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport,” the airline said in a tweet. “Nothing has happened,” the airline added, adding that they “deeply apologize” for the incident.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, with 15 police cars in the street, two ambulances, a trauma helicopter, and several police officers, according to a PvdA member from the city. Many local residents also rushed out on the street as panic ensued. The city has been partially closed off.
Police officers have not confirmed reports from local media that three people have been killed.
It is the fifth-largest city of the province after Rotterdam, The Hague, Zoetermeer and Leiden, and has a population of 118,450 people.
Traditionally home to female and transgender prostitutes, activists hope the neighborhood’s famous windows can be opened up to all sex workers. The equality campaign is part of Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival.
Several men on Saturday displayed their half-naked bodies in some of the tall windows that make up Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
The protest is part of a call for equal rights in Europe’s most liberal tourist destination, which is mostly inhabited by female and transgender female sex workers.
Prostitutes rent a room in the De Wallen neighborhood and use one of the 300 or so windows to advertise their services.
But despite making up 5% of the estimated 25,000 sex workers operating in the Netherlands, men are rarely seen.