Media reports on Wednesday are stating that one Greek citizen, a female, was killed and two other Greek women were injured in the enormous explosion in the Lebanese port of Beirut on Tuesday evening.
The blast, whose powerful shock waves could be felt as far away as Cyprus, killed at least 100 people and possibly injured more than 4,000, according to new information from the Greek Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
No further information is available at the present time regarding the identities of the dead and injured Greek citizens.
The New York Times reported that an entire area within a two-mile radius of the port was completely razed to the ground and that the eastern part of the city, which has a large population of Christians, sustained heavy damage.
St. George Hospital University Medical Center, operated by the Greek Orthodox Church, sustained a great deal of damage and patients had to be transported to other facilities, according to hospital officials.
Greece’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection announced that the country had sent a Special Disaster Unit (EMAK) rescue team to Lebanon in response to the tragedy subsequent to a formal request the Middle Eastern country had made through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
This is a developing story.