Two thousand brides and grooms gathered on Sunday at the main Gaza Sports Stadium of al-Yarmuk, accompanied by families and friends, for a mass wedding sponsored by Turkey.
According to the Deputy Chief of the Islamic Hamas Movement, Ismail Haneya, Turkey offered four million dollars to finance the ceremonies.
He added that the Islamic nation pledged to build 20 housing units comprising 340 apartments during the coming summer explaining that it was an effort to rebuild homes destroyed during last summer’s Israeli military offensive against Gaza.
The wedding party coincided with the five-year commemoration of the Israeli naval attack on the Gaza-bound aid Flotilla, when nine Turkish activists were killed.
The younger generations in Gaza enjoy having mass weddings as they can receive funds to help them establish small businesses from which they can earn a living as they start a new life.