Naval official injured in Lebanon blast out of danger


6th August, 2020 06:57:26 printer

 Naval official injured in Lebanon blast out of danger

A Naval official seriously injured in an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut is now out of critical physical condition.

Of the 21 people injured in the blast, 11 were released from the hospital, said a press release.

Horrific explosion at a warehouse in the port of Beirut on August 4 injured 21 members of the Bangladesh Navy ship ‘Bijoy’, which is part of the UN peacekeeping operation Maritime Task Force.

One of the injured officials was in critical condition and was admitted to the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

The others were airlifted to Hamud Hospital by helicopter or ambulance after initial treatment under the supervision of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The Naval Headquarters is in constant touch with the Navy Ships, UNIFIL Headquarters and the Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut, said the release.

The UNIFIL Head of Mission and the Force Commander and the Maritime Task Force Commander are closely monitoring the overall situation and cooperating fully.

Right after the incident, Bangladesh Ambassador to Beirut Major General Jahangir Al Mostahidur Rahman visited Navy Ship ‘Bijoy’, and provided all necessary assistance for the transfer of the injured to the hospital and for the provision of appropriate treatment, said the release.

Bangladesh Navy warships have been participating in UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon since 2010.

As a member of the Multinational Maritime Task Force in the Mediterranean, the Navy’s warship ‘Bijoy’ is currently engaged in establishing world peace.

The ship has been working efficiently to prevent illegal weapons and ammunition from entering Lebanese territory, added the release.

The ship is also conducting maritime interdiction operations in Lebanese water margine, surveillance of suspicious ships and aircraft, rescue operations on wrecked ships and providing necessary training to Lebanese naval personnel.