Only days after an explosion ripped through a Hezbollah
stronghold in a southern suburb of Beirut, the bloody scene became a scene of joy. Lebanese Shiite couple Fatma Ajarush and Alaa el-Din Ali held their wedding Monday on the site of the blast, which claimed the lives of at least 27 people and injured more than 200 last Thursday.
Hezbollah-affiliated media released a photo of the unconventional wedding in the heart of Ruwais district in Dahiyeh, the stronghold of the Shiite movement.
A Lebanese media outlet reported: "The same neighborhood in which blood was spilled celebrated the 'wedding of all weddings' with fireworks, distribution of sweets, flowers and butterflies that were flying around the entire area to emphasize that life carries on in the heart of destruction."
Couple at scene of attack/wedding (Photo: AFP)
The happy couple was accompanied by several Dahiyeh residents who tossed flowers at them and chanted calls to support Hezbollah and fight "heretical organizations". The yellow Chevrolet that drove the couple was decorated with flowers. After a tour of the neighborhood, the couple flew a white dove into the air.
Attack in Beirut's Hezbollah stronghold, Thursday (Photo: AP)
The attack took place not far from a site from which Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah
made a rare public appearance from in honor of the Al-Quds Day.
Arabic media reported during the weekend that Lebanese security forces arrested several suspects related to the deadly attack.
Nasrallah addressed the attack on Friday, in a speech marking the "anniversary of the victory" of the Second Lebanon
War. He estimated that those who stand behind the attack are radical Sunni organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda
rebels, and claimed that these organizations are working for Israel
and the United States.
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