Chemaitelly confirms death of 3 and wounding of 4 Lebanese in Istanbul attack

Sun 01 Jan 2017 at 19:16 Politics
NNA - Lebanese General Consul in Istanbul, Hani Chemaitelly, confirmed on Sunday, after heading to the forensic medicine department in Istanbul and inspecting the bodies of the victims of the nightclub terrorist attack last night, the death of three Lebanese, namely Elias Wardini, Rita Shami and Haikal Mussalem, and the wounding of four others, namely Francois Asmar, Nidal Bsherrawi, Bushra Doueihy and Meles Paralardo.

Meanwhile, members of the General Consulate are following-up on the situation of the Lebanese casualties in wake of the attack, under the guidance and instructions of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Gebran Bassil. In this context, they are conducting visits to hospitals in the city of Istanbul to make sure they are free of any other Lebanese victims.

On another note, a joint delegation from the Higher Relief Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to arrive this evening to Istanbul airport, accompanied by a medical team, in order to oversee the transfer of the victims' bodies to Lebanon. The delegation will also assess the needs of the wounded and secure their transfer back to Lebanon on board a Middle East Airlines plane.

================= R.Sh.

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