200 Palestinian couples were married in a mass wedding in Gaza City on Saturday, seeing the ceremony through despite poor weather.
A mother of one of the grooms, Rami Abu Amro, said it was a wonderful ceremony that couldn't be stopped even by the rainy weather.
She said that her son will now be able to have his own independent life and family despite difficult conditions in the coastal enclave.
Newlyweds Mohammad and Fatima Baraka said they were exuberant to be married in such a traditional and well-organized setting.
Dozens of mass weddings have been held in the Gaza Strip in recent years as a means to help young couples who are struggling financially.
Traditional weddings are extremely costly and many couples are forced to delay getting married in order to save money for the ceremony.
A political analyst, Talal al-Shareef, said that the Gaza Strip needs more projects like this to serve youths who have lost their rights during eight years of an crippling military blockade imposed by Israel.
The ceremony was organized by the Palestinian Center for Human Perseverance, Fata, and was funded by the United Arab Emirates.
Source: Al Bawaba