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10 missing Filipino seafarers in Beirut found safe—PH embassy

AUGUST 4: Smoke rises after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut. ( Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency )

Ten of the 11 missing Filipino seafarers in Beirut have been found “safe and accounted for” following the deadly explosion that ripped through the Lebanese capital on August 4.

The Philippine Embassy in Lebanon said on Wednesday the 10 suffered minor injuries and are now with the management of the shipping company, Abu Merhi Cruises at Ain el Mraiseh, Beirut.

The 10 Filipinos are among the 13 Filipino seafarers onboard the Orient Queen cruises whose ship was docked some 400 meters away from the blast zone.

This latest development leaves one seafarer and one Filipino domestic worker still missing after the explosion.

The embassy also reported that all its personnel are safe, with no reported physical damage in its premises.

Two Filipinos were confirmed killed in the massive blast while eight were injured. Two of the wounded are currently recuperating at the Embassy Chancery after receiving treatment from a hospital.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it already reached out to the next of kin of the blast victims.

Staff Report

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