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Couple weds amid Gaza conflict

CCTV.com

08-15-2014 10:48 BJT

A wedding in Gaza had dozens of Palestinians cheering in the streets wedding. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the happy couple, who held the ceremony in a United Nations school, the same place many are seeking shelter from the fighting.

With some 400,000 Palestinians in Gaza driven from their homes during Israel’s operation in Gaza, United Nations’ schools swelled with refugees, many having nowhere else to go.

For better or worse, these shelters have become a second home. And a Palestinian couple sealed their love with a marriage performed at one such shelter, taking advantage of the third day of a 72-hour cease-fire.

 Despite all the losses, Omar al-Nimr and Heba Fayyad and their families decided the wedding shouldn’t wait.

Despite all the losses, Omar al-Nimr, Heba Fayyad and their families decided the wedding shouldn’t wait.

 Despite all the losses, Omar al-Nimr and Heba Fayyad and their families decided the wedding shouldn’t wait.

Despite all the losses, Omar al-Nimr, Heba Fayyad and their families decided the wedding shouldn’t wait.

The homes of Omar al-Nimr and his bride Heba Fayyad were destroyed by Israeli attacks during the five-week-long Israeli campaign. Despite the losses, they and their families decided the wedding should not wait and began making alternate arrangements.

"They have been engaged for eight months, their wedding was supposed to be held in August, and because we lost our homes fleeing to an UNRWA school, we decided to hold it here in our new home, a UN shelter," said Reyad Fayyad, the bride's father. 

Though the atmosphere is grim in Gaza, as Palestinians mourn their dead and medics treat thousands of injured, the couple hoped the wedding would allow for a bit of happiness amid the sadness.

UN staff in Gaza provided Omar and Heba with all their needs, including food, clothing and a place to sleep. After the wedding, the couple planned for a brief honeymoon escape — two nights at a luxurious five-star hotel in Gaza. Then it is back to reality, back to the UN shelter.

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