Khallouf and Kasti said Hariri's presence with them was recomforting. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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For Maria Kasti and Liliane Khallouf, Valentine's Day 2005 was just another day at their office at HSBC in Downtown Beirut.Khallouf would need two facial reconstructive surgeries after the force from the two-ton truck bomb in Downtown Beirut smashed her face into an office desk.The STL is the first international tribunal to allow victims to attend proceedings inside the courtroom. As prosecutors opened the historic terrorism trial Thursday, some of the victims wept when images of the carnage appeared onscreen. Khallouf said all was normal at first on the day of the attack.Kasti, on the other hand, remembers nothing from the day of the bombing.Now, Khallouf, who has two boys, and Kasti, who has a boy and a girl, worry about their children traveling from home to attend college.The first day of trial, the two women cried when two other victims, one who lost a son and the other who lost a husband that were both in Hariri's motorcade, began openly sobbing in court after seeing images of the carnage and their loved ones before the attack, as well as the shattered remains of the convoy.Khallouf said she was hesitant about attending the trial at first.
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