Bride Runs For Cover After Beirut Blast
Shocking footage shot by a wedding photographer shows the moment a bride ran for her life during the blast in Beirut on Tuesday.
In the clip, filmed by Mahmoud Nakib, newlywed Israa Seblani can be seen posing in her wedding dress and smiling into the camera before a huge bang is the heard in the distance.
The camera then pans away to a different street where huge clouds of dust can be seen hanging around.
Meanwhile, the bride makes a run for cover, while others can be seen fleeing across the street.
Seblani, who had just got married to Ahmad Subeih, told Reuters: "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?"
The 29-year-old, who is a doctor, then helped to check on the injuries of others who were caught in the explosion.
At least 135 people have died and more than 4,000 were injured in the blast at the harbour.
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The public health minister has said hospitals are struggling, as they lack beds and the necessary equipment to treat patients who are in a critical condition.
President Michel Aoun has said it was caused by 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used for fertiliser, that had been stored unsafely in a warehouse.
Aoun said: "No words can describe the horror that has hit Beirut last night, turning it into a disaster-stricken city."
Beirut's governor Marwan Aboud told the BBC that as many as 300,000 people have been made homeless by the explosion.
He said: "Beirut needs food, Beirut needs clothes, houses, materials to rebuild houses. Beirut needs a place for the refugees, for its people."
Horrifying images show the scale of the blast, with buildings completely flattened and plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
Rescuers and emergency services have been looking for bodies and survivors among the rubble.
You can donate to the Lebanese Red Cross here.
Featured Image Credit: Storyful/Mahmoud Nakib
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