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Wedding joy for refugees at Gaza UN school

Published on Aug 14, 2014 4:27 AM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - War destroyed their homes and her big white dress, but Heba and Omar agreed nothing would stand in the way of their future happiness.

So they got married, refugees at a UN school in Gaza.

Decked with a cloud of multicoloured balloons and echoing with the joyful ululating of women, the school in Gaza City's Shati refugee camp was transformed from a refugee camp into a party hall.

In the final hours before a 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas, set to expire at midnight (2100 GMT), the young couple threw misery and mourning to the wind to celebrate their love.

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