Thursday 09 February 2023

Ambassador’s wife dies from injuries sustained in Lebanon explosion

The wife of the Netherlands ambassador to Lebanon has died of injuries sustained in Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut.

Hedwig Waltmans-Molier was serious injured in the blast on August 4, shortly after returning to Beirut following a holiday.

She was in the family sitting room with her husband Jan when the explosion took place and was hit by ‘sheer bad luck’, the Dutch foreign affairs embassy said in a statement.

The couple had been together for 39 years. Waltmans-Molier worked as HR partner within the ministry’s HR department, working from both The Hague and Beirut.

Five other Dutch nationals were among the thousands injured in the explosion and the total death toll is now over 150.

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