Beirut blast: Injured Bangladesh Navy official no longer in critical condition
Bangladesh has announced to send emergency food, first aid supplies, and a medical team to Beirut
The Bangladesh Navy official, seriously injured in an explosion on Tuesday in the Lebanese capital Beirut, is out of danger now.
The deadly explosion at a warehouse in Beirut port injured 21 members of the Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS) "Bijoy," – a part of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation's Maritime Task Force.
One of the injured officials was in critical condition and was admitted to the American University of Beirut Medical Center.
The others were taken to Hamud Hospital after initial treatment under the supervision of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon.
Of the 21 officials injured in the blast, 11 were released from hospital, said a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) on Thursday.
Abdullah Al Mamun, first secretary (labour) and head of the chancery at Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut, told the Business Standard that the critically injured official regained consciousness. "And the embassy is in constant touch with the injured Bangladeshis."
Bangladesh Navy warships have been participating in the UN peacekeeping missions in Lebanon since 2010.
The BNS "Bijoy" is now engaged in establishing world peace as a member of the Multinational Maritime Task Force in the Mediterranean.
The ship has been working efficiently to prevent illegal weapons and ammunition from entering Lebanese territory, reads the press release.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed deepest condolences over the loss of lives in the explosion that rocked Beirut, sending a message to her Lebanese counterpart Hassan Diab, her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
The explosion in Beirut port killed at least 137 people, injured 5,000, left dozens missing, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
At least four Bangladeshi nationals were killed and around 100 more, including the 21 members of Bangladesh Navy, were injured.
Meantime, Bangladesh on Thursday announced it was sending emergency food, first aid supplies, and a medical team to Beirut.
"Bangladesh is ready to provide any sort of assistance to Lebanon in case of emergency," says a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release issued on Thursday.
The decision followed a Wednesday phone call in which Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen expressed his condolences to his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe.
Lebanon, a country already crushed by economic crisis, on Thursday mourned the victims of the most powerful blast to hit it.