Swiss ambassador injured in Beirut


Panic in downtown Beirut after Tuesday afternoon’s violent explosion.Source: KEYSTONE/AP

The Swiss ambassador to Beirut was injured on Tuesday when a violent explosion occurred in the port of the Lebanese capital. She is in the hospital. The message and residence of the ambassador were badly damaged by the blast.

A violent explosion in a warehouse in the port of Beirut shook the Lebanese capital late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) in Bern.

At least 30 people were killed and 2,500 injured, according to Health Minister Hassan Hamad. The Secretary General of the Lebanese Red Cross, Georges Kettaneh, reported to the DPA news agency that more than 2,000 were injured.

According to the EDA, the enormous pressure wave caused windows to burst in miles. The Swiss embassy and the ambassador’s residence were also badly damaged. Ambassador Monika Schmutz was slightly injured in the process and went to the hospital for further clarifications. The rest of the embassy staff are doing well.

The Swiss representation in Lebanon is now clarifying whether other Swiss citizens are affected by the explosion. So far there are no indications of what the EDA said on Tuesday evening.

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