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A bride in her wedding gown posed for a celebratory wedding video and photos in a city plaza just as a massive explosion devastated Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday.
The almost unbelievable video clip embedded below that depicts a photoshoot in which happiness suddenly turned into horror has gone viral.
The bride, Dr. Israa Seblani, 29, was “posing for photos in her wedding dress has her session cut short in a terrifying manner — as the shock wave from the explosion that rocked Beirut hits,” ABC News reported.
The wedding photographer then panned around to show what was happening as the bride and others ran to safety.
Seblani had arrived in Beirut from the U.S. about three weeks ago as part of the wedding preparations.
BEIRUT BLAST: A bride posing for a photos in her wedding dress has her session cut short in a terrifying manner – as the shock wave from the explosion that rocked Beirut hits. https://t.co/1RhQeLjsrP pic.twitter.com/c0mOKRc0jN
— ABC News (@ABC) August 5, 2020
Immediately after the blast, she “helped to check on the injured nearby, before fleeing central Beirut’s Saifi square to safety,” Reuters reported.
Seblani explained that she and her husband are still trying to process what occurred in Lebanon’s capital city but are thankful to God that they were unharmed.
“I have been preparing for my big day for two weeks and I was so happy like all other girls, ‘I am getting married.’ My parents are going to be happy seeing me in a white dress, I will be looking like a princess.”
“What happened during the explosion here – there is no word to explain … I was shocked, I was wondering what happened, am I going to die? How am I going to die?”
Unbelievable footage shows massive explosions rock Lebanon’s capital Beirut https://t.co/FNgBuXpdIv
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 4, 2020
Fiance Ahmad Subeih, 34, said that “We started to walk around and it was extremely sad, it was not describable the devastation and the sound of the explosion. We are still in shock … I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion.”
An estimated 130 people perished in the blast, along about 5,000 wounded, plus 300,000 residents left homeless after their dwellings were destroyed, At least 100 persons are still unaccounted for.
The damage in terms of U.S. dollars could be as high as $15 billion.
Authorities reportedly believe the carnage occurred when a stockpile of nearly 3,000 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate was that was being stored in a warehouse for years ignited.
The U.S. and many other countries have pledged to provide Lebanon with relief aid.
Seblani works in the U.S., and her husband has applied for a visa so that he can accompany her in America.
The newlyweds have vowed to go ahead with the marriage celebration to the extent possible under the circumstances.
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