Bangladesh to send medical team and emergency supplies to Lebanon

Bangladesh has decided to send a medical team, emergency food and primary medical supplies to Lebanon as twin explosions devastated its capital Beirut on Tuesday evening.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momem informed it to his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe over telephone on Wednesday, a foreign ministry press release said here today.

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

The foreign minister conveyed Dhaka’s deep condolence at the death of 100 people in the blast and also expressed gratitude to the Lebanese government for providing all cooperation, including treatment for the injured Bangladeshi nationals.

At least four Bangladeshi nationals were killed and around 100 others, including 21 Navy personnel, who are on duty at Beirut port under UN peace keeping mission, were injured in the deadly explosion, Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon confirmed yesterday.

At least four Bangladeshi citizens were killed and 79 injured in the incident. Twenty-one Bangladesh Navy personnel are among the injured.

The deceased have been identified as Mehedi Hasan Roni and Rasel Miah from Brahmmanbaria, Mizan from Madaripur and Rezaul from Cumilla, Embassy’s first secretary (labour) Abdullah Al Mamun told media.

One of the injured Navy personnel admitted to American University of Beirut Medical Centre in a critical condition, while others were taken to Hamoud Hospital by helicopter or ambulance under the supervision of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The injured navy personnel are crew members of Bangladesh Navy’s battleship ‘BN Bijoy’, deployed at Beirut port was also damaged by the blast.

The BN Bijoy anchored only 200 yards from the blast scene, has been actively engaged in counterterrorism, rescue and surveillance operations and providing training to Lebanese Navy as part of the UNIFIL activities.

Some 1,50,000 Bangladesh nationals work in a number of sectors in Lebanon.

In a video message, Bangladesh Ambassador to Lebanon Major General Md Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is getting updated information on overall situation in Lebanon.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry are giving necessary directives on treatment, financial support to Bangladeshis and other issues.

Investigators began searching the wreckage of Beirut’s port on Wednesday for clues to the cause of the massive explosions that ripped across the Lebanese capital as the government ordered port officials put under house arrest, reports AP.