Egyptian Couple Gets Married in Gaza Undergound Passageway

Egyptian Couple Gets Married in Gaza Undergound Passageway
Sun 24-03-2013

Emad al-Malalha, 21 years old, and Manal Abu Shanar, 17 years old, were determined to get married.
The only problem was he is Palestinian and lives in the Gaza Strip and she is Egyptian and border authorities refused to give her a permit to cross the border.

The couple had been engaged for 6 months, Manal descended into the darkness and met Emad in one of the many smuggling tunnels which still link Gaza with Egypt.

After walking hand in hand for almost half a mile, they emerged into the sunlight to be greeted by family and friends before being driven straight to a wedding hall for their ceremony and a new life together.
The border between Gaza and Egypt has been closed since 1994 and the present barrier consists of concrete and steel walls and is over 8 metres high and equipped with electronic sensors.