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2 Thais Hurt in Beruit Explosion

Thais Hurt in Beirut Bombing

Two Thai nationals were injured by broken glass in the powerful explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, the Thai Labor Ministry said Thursday.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Theanrat Nawamawat, the ministry’s spokesman, said that the Minister-Counsellor (Labor Affairs) at the Thai embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia reported that two Thais were hurt in the blast that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.

The first one is identified as Weerayut Boonrak, a chef at a Japanese restaurant. He was hurt by shattered glass and his head hit the ceiling. The other is Thanathat Thanyodsak, a jewelry technician, whose hand was injured by broken glass. He also had ringing in his ears. They were treated for the wounds and are recovering at home, she said.

There are currently 170 Thais residing and working in Lebanon. Most of them are gem and diamond workers, massage therapists and chefs.

Lebanese authorities urged people in the area of the explosion to wear protective masks and gloves due to reports of toxic gases released from the blast.

The Thai embassy in Riyadh has been closely monitoring the situation and is ready to assist Thai citizens in Lebanon, she added.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sent a message of condolence to his Lebanese counterpart, Hassan Diab, over the explosion that killed more than 100 people and injured 4,000 others.

Prayut said he has learned with profound sorrow of the massive explosion.

 “On behalf of the Royal Thai government and the Thai people, I wished to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to you and, through you, to the bereaved families and those who have been affected by this tragic incident,” the message read.

“With the resilience of the Lebanese people and your able leadership, I am certain that the Republic of Lebanon will overcome the aftermath of this catastrophe,” he added.