Beirut bride ‘happy to be alive’ after blast

Beirut bride ‘happy to be alive’ after blast

“I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion,” said Israa Seblani, a doctor working in the United States.

29-year-old Lebanese bride Israa Seblani stands posing for her wedding video. The scene is shattered by a deafening blast, and a powerful shockwave nearly throws her off her feet.

The dramatic footage captured the moment when a huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 135 people and injuring more than 5,000. Also Read– Beirut Blast: Search for survivors

Seblani, a doctor working in the United States, helped to check on the injured nearby, before fleeing central Beirut’s Saifi square to safety.

Bride left in shock after Beirut explosion

A day later, she and her husband Ahmad Subeih, 34, a businessman in Beirut, were struggling to process what happened.

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“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?”

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She recalled the moments after the blast, which officials have blamed on a huge stockpile of highly explosive material stored for years at the port.

“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.”

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