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Palestinian Groom Smuggles Bride Through Tunnel

Love knows no borders.

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When his Egyptian bride was not given a permit to enter the Gaza Strip through the Egypt-Gaza border gate, Palestinian groom Emad al-Malalha, 21, was forced to find another way to bring 17-year-old Manal Abu Shanar to their wedding.

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The young couple, who were engaged six months ago and have only communicated by telephone, made the 550-yard walk through the tunnel amid applause and cheers from their families.

Officials estimate that there are approximately 1,000 smuggling tunnels in the 8.7-mile border between Gaza and Egypt. They have been used to smuggle goods, weapons and people since 1982.

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