Gaza Strip – When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel's latest round of air raids on…
Gaza Strip – When Palestinians ventured out of their homes on Tuesday, following Israel’s latest round of air raids on Gaza, they noticed an extraordinary scene near the bombed-out remains of the Al-Rahma building.
Hanging in the bedroom of a partially destroyed apartment was a wedding dress, covered in dirt and punctured with shrapnel.
As crowds grew and looked in amazement, little did they know
In 2013, Fadi al-Ghazali, a 22-year-old from Gaza, with Yara al-Zoubi, a 21-year-old from Gaza,
“I knew she was my soulmate from the first moment,” Fadi told Al Jazeera.
“She has seen things the human mind can not imagine. I had also survived all three wars on Gaza in 2008, 201
2 and 2014. So, I understood here. “
” Our dream was to get together, a dream that everyone mocked because I live in the occupied Gaza Strip and she was living in war-torn Syria, “he said.” It was impossible. “
Within a short time, Fadi proposed to Yara, and his family in turn contacted her to arrange their engagement.
“I asked her parents for their blessing and they welcomed me into the family with open arms.”
Everything we needed was ready; The house, the furniture, the wedding dress … We were only waiting for my birthday to be the luckiest couple of people to ever walk this earth.
Fadi al-Ghazali, groom
Fadi spent the next five years working as a confectioner to pay for their wedding and furnish their home.
Meanwhile, after several requests, Yara was Gaza has been under a devastating Israeli-imposed blockade for the past 11 years, which has severely restricted the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.
A territory of more than two million people
Israel also drew its troops and settlers from the enclave in 2005, but citing security concerns, maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.
Egypt also limits movement in and out or Gaza through its border.
“It took a miracle to get my fiancee out of Syria, let alone into Gaza,” Fadi said. “We achieved the impossible.”
“When she arrived at Rafah, I was so happy that I felt like I was flying, and people w It’s amazed by our story that they celebrated us all the way to our home, “he said.
Yara’s family was unable to make it to Gaza for the wedding due to Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on freedom of movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
According to Fadi, Yara carried her $ 2,000 wedding dress all the way from Syria.
Following Yara’s arrival, the excited couple spent the next few days shopping for their wedding which was expected to be held on November 18th to coincide with Fadi’s 22nd birthday.
“Everything we needed was ready; The wedding was at Fadi’s mother’s place, while the groom waited. “We were only waiting for my birthday to be the luckiest couple of people to ever walk this earth,” he said.
However, on Monday, Fadi’s family received a call around midnight that the adjacent building to their home was going to be targeted by Israeli air raids.  Fadi looks out of his devastated apartment at the ruins of the al-Rahma building [Walid Mahmoud/Al Jazeera]