Omar Abu Namar, 30, (C) looks at his wife Heba Fayad, 23, (L) during their wedding ceremony at a UN school school in Gaza City's Shati refugee camp on August 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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War destroyed their homes and her big white dress, but Heba Fayad and Omar Abu Namar agreed nothing would stand in the way of their future happiness.So they got married, refugees at a U.N. school in Gaza.Fayad, 23, and Abu Namar, 30, were due to wed next month in her family home in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.Fayad's family home was destroyed along with the items they bought for married life: dresses, accessories, flowers, everything went up in smoke when Israeli warplanes rained destruction on the tiny enclave, which is home to nearly 1.8 million Palestinians.With reconstruction set to take years – Israel has blockaded Gaza since 2006 and restricts the entry of construction materials – Fayad decided to speed things up rather than wait for her home to be rebuilt.For Fayad, the stay in the hotel is a godsend – the opportunity to get out of the U.N. school in Beit Lahiya where she is staying with 4,000 other refugees.
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