syria bride - Gil Cohen Magen - November 3 2011
Druze bride from Damascus crosses the border into Israel in order to wed a man from Majdal Shams, November 3, 2011. Photo by Gil Cohen Magen
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A Druze bride from Damascus crossed the border into Israel to marry her future husband, a resident of the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, on Thursday. The border crossing was arranged with the help of the International Red Cross.

In January this year, another Syrian bride, 26-year-old Samar Salman al-Khayal, crossed the Syrian-Israeli checkpoint at al-Quneitra to marry her fiance Nabih Farhat, an Israeli Druze who lives in the Golan Heights.

Khayal had lived in Syria all her life, and was allowed to cross over into Israel to get married and live with Farhat, who waited several years to receive approval for his fiance's immigration for the neighboring country.

United Nations peace-keeping forces and the Red Cross accompanied the couple and their friends and family across the UN buffer zone into Israel.