Palestinian brothers Fayez (L) and Fares Msallem parade on a street in the village of Salem, east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, on their wedding day on July 31, 2016.
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For Palestinians, summer is wedding season – time for brides and grooms to celebrate.Murad Shriteh, 46, from near the West Bank city of Ramallah, said he feels swamped after being invited to more than one wedding a week.He spent $400, nearly half his monthly salary, in just two weeks of weddings, he told AFP at a wedding in the West Bank town of Birzeit.The West Bank sees more than 25,000 weddings a year, according to Palestinian statistics.A wedding can cost up to $30,000, while even a poor family may shell out $10,000 .That's a major in expense in the West Bank, where more than a quarter of people live under the poverty line after nearly 50 years of ongoing Israeli occupation.
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