As a devastating blast tore across Beirut after a warehouse explosion, Emmanuelle Khnaisser prepared to give birth to a baby boy while the hospital shook and windows were shattered.
Her husband Edmound Khnaisser captured the moments on camera before their son was delivered safe and well. In a social media post, the new father praised the efforts of the doctors and nurses adding that: ‘My son George was born under a catastrophic blast, I did not believe we came out alive.’
The explosion has killed at least 157 people, left thousands homeless and caused up to $15bn (£11bn) worth of damage to the capital
Blast timeline: what we know, and what we don’t
‘None of them this time’: Lebanese vow not to let leaders off hook
In This Story: Beirut
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.