An unidentified couple ventured onto a bridge near the Beirut explosion site in Lebanon and took model photos of themselves a few feet from where 220 people were killed and thousands were were injured on Tuesday.
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Photos of the couple were captured by Nabil Mounzer of European agency Pressphoto over the weekend and showed the couple’s antics caught the attention of seemingly confused locals, a New York Post report revealed.
The woman in the duo sported a cobalt blue ensemble that included a sports bra, leopard print shorts, peep-toe heels, oversized sunglasses and a handbag.
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Her male travel companion, meanwhile, opted for a simpler outfit that included a short-sleeved shirt and a pair of matching shorts and sneakers.
The two visitors reportedly took turns taking photos of each other near Beirut’s destroyed port from the overhanging bridge as Lebanese flags fluttered in the wind.
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It is not clear if the couple are of Lebanese nationality or if they are followed by influential social media.
Twitter users criticized the couple for the disrespectful move, with many saying it shows “people don’t care.”
Instagram influencers have been criticized in the past for posing in places with painful stories. In 2018, a model was called out for taking a selfie while visiting a Holocaust memorial.
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It is believed that the massive explosion that occurred in Beirut on August 4 was caused by the accidental ignition of ammonium nitrate – a chemical used to make fertilizers and explosives. An investigation found that a warehouse in the city’s port contained 2,750 tonnes of the substance, which had been obtained from a Russian ship seized in 2013.
Protests have rocked Lebanon since the incident and the country’s Prime Minister Haasan Diab recently announced his resignation hours after the resignation of his entire cabinet.
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