Thirteen years after the 2004 Madrid bomb attacks, Spain was again targeted by jihadist terrorists. At around 5 pm on 17 August 2017, Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van down the Paseo de las Ramblas in Barcelona, hitting large numbers of people in the central pedestrian area of the street, from the Plaza de Cataluña to the “Pavimento Miró”. Fifteen people were killed in the attack —including two children aged 3 and 7— and another 131 were injured. The Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.
Desireé Eugenia Zolotas was walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona with her husband and their two children when the attack took place. She was taken to the El Mar Hospital in Barcelona in a critical condition where she remained for ten days before being pronounced brain dead on 27 August. Her children were treated for minor injuries and returned to Greece before their mother died, where they stayed with their paternal grandparents.