Dhaka to send medical team to Beirut

Diplomatic Correspondent

7 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has decided to send a medical team with emergency medical and food supplies to Beirut, as massive explosions shook the capital of Lebanon on Tuesday killing at least 137, with many more fatalities feared to come.

At least 100 Bangladeshis, including 21 from Bangladesh Navy ship “Bijoy”, were wounded. The ship was deployed under peacekeeping mission United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Maritime Task Force.

The Navy ship was also damaged due to the huge explosion, said the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen conveyed the Bangladesh government’s decision to his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe over telephone on Wednesday.

During the conversation, Momen said Bangladesh is set to provide any emergency support to Lebanon in this crisis period. He extended his sympathy and offered condolences over the incident and damage.

He also expressed his gratitude to the government of Lebanon for providing necessary supports, including treatment, to Bangladeshis injured in the explosions.

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