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HORRIFYING footage shows the moment a bride runs for her life during the devastating explosion in Beirut yesterday.

Newlywed Israa Seblani, 29, is seen draped in a shining white gown and smiling for the camera before a thunderous blast rings out just one kilometre away in the Lebanese capital.

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13Footage shows newlywed Israa Seblani, 29, draped in a shining white gown and smiling for the camera before the blastCredit: Twitter 13She then runs for cover after hearing the explosionCredit: Twitter 13Bride Seblani, a doctor working in the US, helped to check on the injured nearby, before fleeing central Beirut's Saifi square to safetyCredit: Twitter 13She poses with husband Ahmad Subeih in the same place where they took the wedding photos yesterday at the moment of the explosionCredit: Reuters

135 people have been killed and around 5,000 injured in the blast - caused by the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

In the clip, shared today on Twitter, the bride is seen beaming as her photographer Mahmoud Nakib zooms in on her wedding dress.

But seconds later, a gigantic explosion is heard in the distance - with the force of the blast picked up by the microphone.

The camera then pans away to a quiet residential street where clouds of dust from the explosion have already created a thick smog.

Residents of nearby apartments are then seen hurrying across the street as the bride makes a dash for cover.

'I WAS SHOCKED'

Bride Seblani, a doctor working in the US, helped to check on the injured nearby, before fleeing central Beirut's Saifi square to safety.

Returning to the scene a day after the explosion, she 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?"

Lebanese prime minister Hassan Diab has said that the ammonium nitrate which explodedhad been sitting unsecured for six years in a warehouse in the city's port.

The disaster was sparked when a welder ignited 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals in the port area, it’s reported.

The mammoth explosion erupted in the port yesterday 13A general view of the destroyed port in the aftermath of the massive explosionCredit: EPA 13People walk with their belongings after evacuating their damaged housing units in the Mar Mikhael area of Beirut, LebanonCredit: EPA Rescuers in the smouldering remains of the blast site

The blast, which occurred at around 6pm yesterday, has obliterated Lebanon's capital as authorities continue to search the rubble for victims.

But several of Beirut’s hospitals were damaged in the blast, hampering their efforts to treat the constant stream of wounded victims.

Outside the stricken St George University Hospital, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, in cars and on foot.

Dozens of injured were being treated on the spot in the street outside, on stretchers and wheelchairs.

Experts believe the explosion was the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes of TNT, which is about a tenth of the intensity of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

The blast has proved particularly devastating for a country already suffering the twin crises of a failing economy and a severe coronavirus outbreak - though countries around the world have pledged financial aid.

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Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said today that Britain would provide £5 million of aid to Beirut, and promised the UK would "stand by the Lebanese people in their time of need".

And the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reiterated his country's "steadfast" commitment to helping the Middle Eastern nation.

France, meanwhile, says it is sending two planes with dozens of emergency workers, a mobile medical unit and 15 tonnes of aid.

People check inside a car crushed by rubble Aerial images show the scale of the destruction this morning The blast was said to be a fifth of the size of the one which devastated Hiroshima Rescue workers carry the body of one victim from near the blast's epicentre 13

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Johnny Depp was photographed after winning an award at the Polish EnergaCamerimage film festival, a festival dedicated to "the art of cinematography." Depp received the Camerimage Award to an Actor with Unique Visual Sensitivity after his movie "Minamata" closed the 28th edition of the film festival.

In "Minamata," Depp plays famed war photographer War photographer W. Eugene Smith, who documents the effect of mercury poisoning in Japan.

Depp did not collect the award in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EnergaCamerimage Instagram posted the photo of three-time Oscar nominee Depp on Sunday, writing: "Greetings from @johnnydepp from Bahamas."

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In a post announcing the news, EnergaCamerimage wrote that Depp is "one of the most versatile performers of modern cinema."

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The post lauded Depp for his many "memorable performances that shaped several generations of moviegoers," and stated that "we do regret that we will not be able to stand together with Johnny Depp before our superb audience."

The festival also name-checked several of Depp's movies, including the upcoming third instalment of the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise. However, since that post was written, Depp has been removed from his role in that movie as Gellert Grindelwald, which he played in the second instalment, "The Crimes of Grindelwald."

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Depp called the ruling "surreal" in a statement posted on Instagram, and wrote that he planned to appeal.

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