The wife of the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon, Hedwig Waltmans-Moliere, who was seriously injured in an explosion in Beirut, died on Saturday, August 8, at the age of 55, the country’s Foreign Ministry said.
“On Saturday 8 August, she died of her wounds sustained in a powerful explosion in Beirut on 4 August. We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our colleague Hedwig Waltmans-Moliere <...> Our thoughts are with her husband, their children and other family members. We sympathize with them and wish them strength to cope with this great loss, ”the foreign ministry said in a statement.
An explosion took place in the port of Beirut on 4 August. According to the latest data, 155 people died and more than 5 thousand were injured. According to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the explosion was caused by improper storage of ammonium nitrate weighing 2,750 tons in a warehouse in the port.
The governor of the city, Marwan Abboud, estimated the damage from the incident at $ 3-5 billion.
On August 6, a Russian hospital began operations in the Lebanese capital. It operates around the clock in case of emergency patients discovered during search operations by rescuers. It is noted that the tasks of the hospital were determined jointly with the Lebanese authorities.