Bangladesh Sending Medical Team to Lebanon as 4 Citizens Dead, 100 Injured in Explosion
A ship is pictured engulfed in flames at the port of Beirut following a massive explosion that hit the heart of the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. — AFP photo

Bangladesh government on Thursday decided to send medical team along with necessary medical equipment and foods to Lebanon as four Bangladeshis have been confirmed dead and other 100 injured in the explosion of Beirut.

“Bangladesh is ready to provide necessary support to Lebanon government on emergency basis,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe while talking over telephone.

Bangladesh foreign minister expressed his sympathy to the Lebanese foreign minister at the incident and assured of all-out cooperation to overcome the crisis, according to press release.

Momen also expressed his gratitude to the Lebanese government for extending cooperation to provide treatment to injured Bangladeshis there.

At least four Bangladeshis were killed and around 100 others, including Bangladesh Navy officials, have been injured in a deadly warehouse explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday.

Two of the dead were identified as Mehedi Hasan from Brahmanbaria, and Mizan from Madaripur. Both of them were working as cleaners in an area close to the warehouse where the explosion took place.

Officials said they had both been working in Lebanon legally for the last several years.

The other two were identified as Rezaul and Rasel Miah, both from Brahmanbaria.

According to media reports, the blast, which was possibly caused due to huge amounts of explosives being stored together, killed around 100 people and injured around 4,000.

The tragedy struck while the country is still suffering from months of political and economic crises and a global pandemic.

Of the injured Bangladeshis, 21 are from Bangladesh Navy ship "Bijoy", which was deployed under peacekeeping mission United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Maritime Task Force.

One Navy official was injured severely in the explosion, said a press release by Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR).

All the injured navy officials were undergoing treatment at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre, while others were taken to Hamoud Hospital by air ambulance following primary treatment under the supervision of UNIFIL. They are currently out of danger, said the ISPR.

The Bangladesh Navy warship "Bijoy", which had been participating in UN Peacekeeping Missions since 2010, remains deployed in the Mediterranean as a member of Multinational Maritime Taskforce to establish peace.

The ISPR said the ship works to prevent illegal arms and ammunition from entering Lebanese land, monitors suspicious ships and aircrafts, rescues ships in trouble and provides training to the Lebanese Navy.

The damages sustained by the Bangladesh Navy ship is being assessed. Bangladesh Navy Headquarters are in constant communication with the ship, UNIFIL headquarters and Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon.

Major General Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman, Bangladesh ambassador to Beirut, visited the ship following the incident.

"Within half an hour, we rushed to the ship. We are looking after them [the injured officials] and the other Bangladeshis," said Abdullah Al Mamun.

He said the embassy has information that about 10 Bangladeshi migrants were under treatment at two hospitals and that most others were given primary treatment and released. All of those injured did not need hospitalisation, he said.

"We are asking all to contact us if they need medical assistance," Mamun said.

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