The Embassy of Greece in Lebanon have reported that according to their sources, a Greek citizen died in the explosion that rocked Lebanon's capital, Beirut, overnight. Two other Greeks were also seriously wounded.
"According to information received so far, 1 Greek citizen among the losses & 2 seriously wounded. Embassy staff OK. Lots of damage recorded. Greek Orthodox hospital destroyed. Greece will stand by Lebanon in this difficult moment. Flag of Greece Search&Rescue team to land in Flag of Lebanon shortly," the Embassy of Greece in Lebanon tweeted.
"According to father Youil (Youil Nassif) from Beirut, the entire Greek Orthodox church suffered tremendous damages except everything that is behind the iconostas which stayed untouched."
In a post on Twitter in English yesterday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his support for the Lebanese people for the tragedy in Beirut and noted that “Greece stands ready to provide any assistance needed.”
“On behalf of the Greek people, I want to express my deepest condolences to the people of Lebanon, especially to the families who have suffered losses, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. Our thoughts are with you,” the Greek Prime Minister also said.
Instructions for Greek citizens who are in Lebanon and have been affected by the explosions in the port of Beirut were issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.