x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Syrian couple wed in Jordan refugee camp

The groom said the couple decided to wed in the camp because the crisis in Syria was dragging on and they "expect to be in the camp for a long time".

ZAATARI, Jordan // Snakes, scorpions and swirling dust didn't deter a Syrian couple from getting married at Jordan's tent city for refugees.

A carpenter, Hodasa Al Hariri, 23, married his 20-year-old cousin, Hanan Al Hariri, in a simple ceremony on Sunday at the Zaatari camp.

The bride was dressed in a bright pink dress and white headscarf.

Al Hariri said the pair met a year ago in their hometown of Daraa, just across the border. The Syrian civil war started there 18 months ago.

The groom said the couple decided to wed in the camp because the crisis in Syria was dragging on and they "expect to be in the camp for a long time".

The couple won't be going away for a honeymoon. The 27,000 refugees are not allowed to leave the camp.