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Local man's sister recalls moments after deadly Beirut explosion

Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 22:55:51-04

SOUTHWEST, Fla. — After waiting for hours Tuesday, Naples business owner, Nabil Bassil, finally heard from his sister.

She was in Beirut, Lebanon when at the time of a deadly explosion.

"I had no idea what happened," Norma Bassil tells FOX 4.

Bassil describes the scene as "hell on earth."

"The entire capital was shaking, windows shattering, buildings collapsing, people screaming."

At the time of the explosion, Bassil was working in her nearby shop.

"I was lucky God saved my life. My face was bleeding heavily, and my clothes were full of blood. I was taken to the hospital. And I don't remember anything after that."

Bassil says the devastation followed her to the hospital, where she say an array of gruesome injuries.

"I gave my place to people who had lost their hand, their legs. It was a disaster, I am telling you."

She was eventually able to get in touch with family member in the country and her brother, Nabil, who lives in Naples.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

But, Norma says that the people of Lebanon deserve better.

"We are nice people. Lebanese people are a peaceful people. We deserve, we deserve a good life."