The wife of the Dutch ambassador in Beirut, who was seriously injured in the explosion in the Lebanese capital, died of her injuries on Saturday. This is reported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It concerns Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, wife of Ambassador Jan Waltmans. The couple was at home at the time of the explosion, but Hedwig was so badly injured in the living room by the shock wave that she died in hospital on Saturday at the age of 55.
Ministers Ster Blok (Foreign Affairs) and Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) have the family's condolences for the loss. "We are deeply saddened by the far too early death of our colleague Hedwig Waltmans-Molier in the heavy explosion in Beirut. She was loved in our organization and she is missed. Her death is a loss for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for our country."
Four other employees of the embassy were slightly injured in the explosion, and one Dutch person who is not affiliated with the embassy. In total, the explosion already claimed the lives of more than 150 people, while about 5,000 others were injured.
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