The wife of the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon has died from injuries sustained in the explosion in the port of the capital Beirut on Tuesday, the Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our colleague Hedwig Waltmans-Molier as a result of the massive explosion in Beirut. Her death is a loss for the ministry and the whole country,” said a statement from the ministry.
Waltmans-Molier, 55, and the ambassador’s wife, Jan Waltmans, were seriously injured when they were hit by the explosion in their home in Beirut. Prior to his death, he held a position in the embassy personnel department.
The explosion, which left a tentative equilibrium of 154 dead and more than 5,000 injured, was caused by the inadequate storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port, confiscated from the Rhosus ship in 2014 by a businessman, according to the Russian and Moldovan flags because no port dues were paid.