A man carries his belongings as he leaves his destroyed house from this weeks's massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Lebanese army bulldozers plowed through wreckage to reopen roads around Beirut's demolished port on Thursday as the government pledged to investigate this week's devastating explosion and placed port officials under house arrest. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Ethiopian National killed in Beirut blast

ADDIS ABEBA – One Ethiopia national has died in the Beirut blast on Tuesday, Ministry of foreign affairs said.

The Ethiopian national was killed in an explosion in Lebanon, confirmed Ambassador Dina Mufti, the ministry’s spokesperson, at the press briefing on Friday.

The ministry did not give any details about the deceased.

Dina also said nine other Ethiopian nationals also suffered serious and minor injuries in the blast.

At least 137 people were killed and 5,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook Beirut on Tuesday.

Hundreds have been reported missing, raising fears that the death toll will rise, according to Lebanon’s health official.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has advised Ethiopians living in Beirut, Lebanon, to get in touch with the consulate to receive help and support.

“My thoughts and prayers with the people of Lebanon,” Prime Minister Abiy wrote on his Facebook, adding that he encourages “Ethiopians living in Beirut to get in touch with the Consulate as you help one another amidst such an ordeal”.

More than 100,000 Ethiopians, mostly women, are believed to live in Lebanon, a country recently hit by an economic crisis and political instability.