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Ministry condemns Iran Embassy bomb

Update: November, 22/2013 - 08:40

Lebanese rescue teams and security forces arrive at the scene of a powerful blast in Beirut on November 19, 2013 near the Iranian embassy.. AFP PHOTO

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has condemned the bomb blast shattering Iran's Embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, which killed 23 people and injured 146 others.

The statement was made by Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh yesterday in response to queries from reporters.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the victims' families and believe that those who committed the crime should be properly punished," he said.

Fielding questions on Vietnamese people in the Philippines affected by typhoon Haiyan, Binh said the ministry had immediately instructed the Vietnamese Embassy in Manila to work with local authorities to gain access to typhoon-hit areas.

The embassy has been in contact with all Vietnamese nationals in Tacloban city and surrounding areas that were worst affected by the typhoon.

All Vietnamese nationals have been accounted for, with no loss of human life reported, he said.

The Vietnamese embassy is monitoring the situation and working closely with local authorities to support Vietnamese citizens in their recovery or return to Viet Nam, Binh added.

Vietnamese citizens displaced by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will return to Viet Nam on a VietjetAir flight on Sunday.

VietjetAir yesterday conducted its second relief cargo flight to the Philippines to deliver supplies to typhoon victims. The airline's first relief cargo shipment arrived in the country on Monday.

Vietnamese citizens can contact the Vietnamese Embassy hotline at 63 998 275 6666 to get assistance. — VNS

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