Al-Malalha, 21, leads Shanar, 17, through a tunnel on the border of Egypt and Gaza. The Egyptian bride traveled by tunnel so that the couple could marry in the groom's native Gaza.
The border between Egypt and Gaza is tightly controlled above ground, but underground tunnels provide alternate—but often risky—routes. Although some tunnels offer sturdy stone walls and ventilation, many others are poorly constructed. Cave-ins, fires, and explosions are constant threats. (See pictures of the Gaza tunnels.)
Photograph by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Reuters
The groom's relatives celebrate after al-Malalha and Shanar made it through the tunnel and arrived in Gaza on March 21.