Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today offered deepest condolences over the loss of innocent lives due to the deadly explosion that took place in Beirut on Tuesday night.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Hasina expressed her condolences in a message to her Lebanese counterpart Hassan Diab.
"On behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh and on my own behalf, I express our deepest condolences for the loss of innocent lives due to the explosion," Hasina said in the message.
She also conveyed her sincere sympathy to the bereaved family members of the victims.
"It is my firm conviction that the government of Lebanon, under your able leadership, will be able to bring the situation under control," she said, adding that Bangladesh would stand beside Lebanon in this crisis.
Hasina mentioned that at the time of the explosion, the Bangladesh Navy Ship Bijoy as part of UNFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) was in the harbour, which was also damaged, leaving 21 Navy personnel injured.
"Some Bangladesh nationals living in Lebanon have lost their lives, while many suffered injuries. I am confident that at this hour of distress, they will be looked after by your esteemed government," she said.
Hasina also prayed for the salvation of the departed souls as well as quick recovery of the injured.
Tuesday night's explosion in Beirut port killed at least 137 people, left dozens missing and at least 5,000 wounded, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said today.
The blast obliterated part of the port and caused damage over a wide radius in the heart of the city, prompting fears the final death toll could yet rise significantly.