Bangladesh Navy’s BNS Bijoy destroyed in Beirut explosion

Beirut Explosion

Turkey will restore a Bangladeshi naval ship that was damaged during the deadly blast at the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut earlier this month, the Turkish National Defence Ministry said yesterday.

According to Anadolu, the Turkish National Defence Ministry offered to repair the Bangladeshi naval ship named BNS BIJOY.

“BNS BIJOY of the Bangladesh Navy, which was damaged in the Beirut explosion, is being towed to Turkey by TCG INEBOLU. The necessary repairs to BNS BIJOY will be carried out at the facilities of the Turkish Navy,” the ministry said in a Twitter post.

Meanwhile, Turkey offered to help Lebanon rebuild Beirut’s port, which was destroyed by the 4 August blast.

Turkey’s aid agency TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) and AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency) went to Beirut immediately and brought around 400 tonnes of wheat to the Tripoli port in northern Lebanon to help with the food shortage. Turkey also brought medicines and medical equipment.

As many as 21 members of Bangladesh Navy’s crews sustained injuries in two explosions that ripped through Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday.

Among the injured, one sustained critical injury and has been admitted to American University of Beirut Medical Centre (AUBMC).

The others were admitted to Hammoud hospital after primary treatment by UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). The crews were either airlifted or shifted by ambulance following the incident, according to the Navy.

Bangladesh Navy Ship BNS Sangram, a corvette will replace BNS Bijoy for UNIFIL operations. BNS Sangram is en route to participate as a member of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

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