Bangladeshis injured in Beirut stable

Dhaka to send emergency supplies

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 01:06, Aug 07,2020


The Bangladeshi people injured in the explosions in Lebanese capital Beirut were in stable condition on Thursday, according to the Bangladesh embassy in the country.

‘The condition of the injured Bangladeshi people is now stable and there was no new casualty,’ Bangladesh ambassador to Lebanon Major General Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman told New Age over phone.

The Bangladesh Navy official who was seriously  injured in an explosion is now out of danger, he added with reference to the captain of naval battleship BN Bijoy.

A few Bangladeshi workers came to the embassy on Thursday with minor injuries and the embassy extended financial support for their treatment, food and other essential commodities, the ambassador said.

The embassy got engaged with the Lebanese authorities, local hospitals and members of the Bangladesh community for ensuring treatment to the injured, he added.

Four Bangladeshi expatriate workers died and over 100, including 21 Navy personnel, were injured in the explosions at the Beirut port on Tuesday.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday offered deepest condolences over the loss of lives due to the deadly explosions.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said that she expressed the condolences by sending a message to her Lebanese counterpart Hassan Diab, according to Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

‘On behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I express our deepest condolences, for the loss of innocent lives due to the explosions that took place in Beirut on Tuesday night,’ Sheikh Hasina said in the message.

She hoped that the Lebanese authorities would look after the injured Bangladeshi people, including its peacekeepers deployed in that country, at this hour of distress.  

The Bangladesh premier also conveyed her sincere sympathy to the bereaved family members of the victims.

Bangladesh will send a medical team with emergency medical and food supplies to Lebanon as huge explosions rocked its capital leaving 137 people, including four Bangladesh nationals, dead and at least 4,000 injured, the Bangladesh foreign ministry in Dhaka said in a press release.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen informed his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe of the decision over telephone on Wednesday.

Bangladesh is ready to provide any emergency support to Lebanon in this crisis period, he said during the conversation.

A C-130 cargo plane of the Bangladesh Air Force is expected to fly for Beirut early next week with the relief materials weighing about seven tonnes, officials having the knowledge of the matter said.

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