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06 December 2023

Couple in online 'marriage fund-raising'

Hakim Zagbour and Tannani have received funds from donors in US, Britain and Jordan, too. (Supplied)


A Palestinian man and his sweetheart have launched an online campaign to raise funds for their marriage, setting a precedent in local tradition in the conservative Gaza Strip.

Hakim Zagbour, an engineer graduate, and his girlfriend Palestine Tannani, a computer graduate, said they have already raised nearly $9,000 (Dh33,000) and that they need $9,000 more to go ahead with their wedding.

“I don’t care of what others say…I have no other choice and I only want to marry the girl of my dreams,” Zagbour said, quoted by Palestinian press.

Tannani said the couple, about 27 years of age, have been in love for a long time. “There is something even bigger tying us…there is an entire world, memories and stories…we only want to fulfill our dreams.”

Newspapers said most of the funds were sent to the couple by donors from the United States, Britain and Jordan.

Gaza, with a population of more than 1.9 million, has one of the world’s highest population densities and most of its people are suffering from poverty and unemployment.