250 young Palestinian couples have married in a mass wedding in the West Bank city of Jericho.
Thousands of Palestinians from all over West Bank, Muslims and Christians alike, have gathered in Jericho for the mass wedding.
With unemployment in double digits and the cost of living rising, couples unable to afford a traditional wedding have jumped at the chance to take part in the all-expenses-paid party.
Akram Al Shrouf, one of the coordinators of the event, says they're allowing bride and groom to invite 20 people each.
He says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office is picking up the tab.
During the ceremony itself, the brides wore traditional black and red embroidered Palestinian robes and carried bouquets of white roses.
The grooms wore black suits, white shirts and red ties.
Along with music, those in the crowd waved Palestinian flags and took to the floor to dance after the ceremony finished.
Source: CRI English