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Beirut blast: 4 Bangladeshis killed, 21 Bangladesh Navy crew injured

  • Published at 10:17 am August 5th, 2020
People walk near the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
People walk near the site of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Reuters

Around 100 Bangladeshis, including the navy crew, have been injured in the blast, according to the Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut

At least four Bangladeshi nationals have been killed and around 100 more, including 21 members of the Bangladesh Navy,  have been injured in two massive explosions that rocked the port of Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday.

“It is confirmed that three Bangladeshis have lost their lives so far in the blast,” Abdullah Al Mamun, first secretary (labour) and head of chancery at Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut, told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.

Later on Wednesday night, he confirmed the death of one more Bangladesh national in the blast.

BNS Bijoy of Bangladesh Navy | ISPR

The deceased were identified as Mehedi Hasan and Rasel Miah from Brahmanbaria, Mizan from Madaripur, and Rezaul from Comilla, the embassy official said.

Earlier, Abdullah Al Mamun told BBC Bangla that one of the deceased was a legal migrant from Bangladesh and worked for a Spanish organization.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Inter Service Public Relation Directorate (ISPR) confirmed at least 21 members of Bangladesh Navy hade been injured in the two explosions on Tuesday.

All of them were on duty at BNS Bijoy of Bangladesh Navy under the Maritime Task Force deployed as part of United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Beirut, confirmed the statement.

One of them, Bangladesh Navy Senior Warrant Officer Md Harun-ur-Rashid was admitted to American University of Beirut Medical Centre in critical condition, ISPR confirmed.

People inspect the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020 | ReutersThe other crew members have been admitted to Hamoud hospital after primary treatment under the supervision of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

“All of them are now out of danger,” said ISPR in its statement.

Currently, the authorities are assessing damage of the BNS Bijoy.

The Bangladesh Navy Headquarters is keeping constant communication with BNS, UNIFIL Headquarters and Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut in this regard.

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Meanwhile, UNIFIL on its website said one of its ships of the Maritime Task Force, which was anchored at Beirut Port during the time of the explosion was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously.

UNIFIL transported the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col said: “We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support.”

UNIFIL is currently assessing the situation, including the scale of the impact on UNIFIL personnel, it said.

Bangladesh Navy is taking part in UNIFIL since May 10 as part of peacekeeping mission.

The Bangladesh Embassy is doing all it can to help the injured Bangladeshis and the community as a whole, Bangladeshi Ambassador to Lebanon Maj Gen Md Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman has said. 

In a video message, he said that the situation in Lebanon was now gloomy and like the Lebanese, Bangladeshis are also worried.

"The prime minister is receiving regular updates on the situation. The foreign minister and expatriates' welfare and overseas employment minister are also in touch with the mission," he added.