In Gaza, young people take advantage of pandemic to get married cheaply

Gaza (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Drums and an oriental flute reverberate on the raw walls of an alley in Gaza.It is barely 1 p.m.and the "shebabs", young Palestinians, dance in the sun, whirl around snapping their fingers , during this strange marriage blessed by the pandemic ...

In the streets of the Gaza Strip, convoys of cars decorated with flowers spin like comets honking their horns in the early afternoon to get here to a house, there in an alley, again in a backyard , to celebrate "corona weddings".

In the al-Rimal neighborhood, Mohammed Ahmed Ashour, a 24-year-old merchant, shaved his beard, cut his hair, applied a touch of gel and put on his best jacket embellished with a burgundy tie, before dancing to the intoxicating rhythm of a traveling orchestra.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, this November day is not like any other: Mohammed is getting married After an hour of dancing without a mask, surrounded by family men and friends, and under the gaze neighbors screwed to their windows, he awaits his bride with the covered face who arrives in her crystal dress.

A hundred yards away, the large wedding halls line up on the seaside, but these night temples in Gaza are all closed, lifeless, due to the anti-coronavirus measures imposed by Hamas, the Islamist movement in power.for 13 years in the Palestinian enclave.

Mohammed's happiness is "incomplete", he says, because he would have liked to be able to get married in one of those halls where families gather hundreds of guests and sometimes devour thousands of dollars for grandiose weddings, in a territory yet plagued by poverty.

Posted Date: 2020-11-28

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