Dutch diplomat among Beirut explosion dead

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BEIRUT (AP) – The Dutch Foreign Ministry has said the wife of the Netherlands ambassador to Lebanon has died of her injuries in the massive explosion that hit Beirut earlier this week. Hedwig Waltmans-Molier died Saturday morning at the age of 55. She worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs alongside her husband, Jan Waltmans. The couple had two adult children. The ministry said Waltmans-Molier, who worked in the embassy’s human resources department, “stood in the living room next to Jan and through sheer bad luck was hit by the blast. The family had recently returned to Beirut after a vacation. The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Trade expressed their condolences to the family in a joint statement.

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