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One Greek dies, five others injured in Beirut explosion; Foreign Ministry instructions

One Greek woman died and five other members of the Greek community in Beirut were injured during the devastating explosion on Tuesday evening.

The initial reports were confirmed by the President of the Greek community Panagiotis Andriotis to state broadcaster ERT TV early Wednesday afternoon.

According to ERT, two of the injured are in serious condition. One of the injured has lost her eye.

According to diplomatic sources, the Greek Orthodox hospital in Beirut is no longer functioning and the patients have been transferred to other hospitals.

The Greek embassy in Beirut is in constant contact with Lebanese authorities and the Greek community in the country and providing all possible assistance, as well as being constantly updated on the developments, the sources added.

The Greek Foreign Ministry issued instructions for Greek citizens currently in Lebanon who have been affected by the explosions at the port of Beirut.

Greek citizens can contact the Embassy of Greece at 00961 78990315 and 00961 81507061, as well as the Crisis Management Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at +30210368 1730 and at e-mail:

For the first moment after the explosion in Beirut, Greece offered assistance to the Lebanese authorities.

A C-130 left Athens on Wednesday morning with a crew of the EMAK Rescue Department of the Fire Service to assist in Search and Rescue operations in the devastated capital of Lebanon.

Over 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 have been injured, while rescue teams on the spot are working in frenzy tp locate survivors under the rubble.

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