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Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding

President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, has attended a mass wedding in the West Bank city of Jericho, where nearly 300 couples were married. The $1.5m event was funded by the Palestinian Authority, with each couple receiving a gift of $4,000. Officials said the mass wedding was organised to help young people get married despite the difficult economic situation.

Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (C) gives a speech during a mass wedding ceremony in the West bank city of Jericho on January 28, 2014. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
A Palestinian couple are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
Palestinian couples are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
A Palestinian couple are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
Palestinian couples are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
A Palestinian couple are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
Palestinian couples are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abbas attends Palestinian mass wedding
Palestinian couples are pictured on January 28, 2014, during a mass wedding ceremony attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (unseen) in the West bank city of Jericho. Nearly 300 Palestinians were married in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Tuesday in a mass wedding funded by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. (AFP/Getty Images)