07 August 2020

Shocking moment explosion interrupts Beirut bride posing for her wedding video


A bride in Beirut has told of her shock as she posed for her wedding video and photos as the explosion went off in the Lebense city.

29 year-old Israa Seblani is a doctor who usually works in the US but arrived in Beirut three weeks ago to marry businessman Ahmad Subeih. The blast has killed 137 people and injured 5,000 more.

“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,” she told Reuters.

“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?"

And Subeih has spoken off the devastation after the blast.

“We started to walk around and it was extremely sad, it was not describable the devastation and the sound of the explosion,” he said.

“We are still in shock ... I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion.”

Seblani and her husband attempted to carry on their celebrations after the explosion.

She said: "My husband told me to continue, we can’t stop. I was like okay, why not, we continue. I was not living the moment actually, I was like walking, my face was smiling, my lips were smiling, that’s it, not more. Then we went to have a dinner.”

Her husband has been waiting on a visa to join his wife in the States and while Seblani has said she loves Lebanon she said after the explosion living there is not an option.

“There is a lot of damage, many people were killed and wounded. But also if I want to look at us, myself, my husband, the photographer - how we escaped unharmed, I thank God for protecting us."

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