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Crossing the border, passing a checkpoint and saying 'I do'

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Mayanda Abud, a 27-year-old Syrian Druze bride from Damascus prepares for her wedding ceremony after she crossed the Syrian-Israeli border pass of Quneitra in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Nov. 3, 2011. Mayanda Abud left her family in Syria and entered the strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War to get married with Munjed Awad, 30, who lives in the Israeli controled area. The passage was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Syrian Druze bride Mayada Abud, 27, and her groom Munjed Awad, 30, cross Quneitra checkpoint on the Israeli-Syrian border, with some of the groom's relatives.

Instead of walking down the aisle to her groom, Mayanda Abud walked through a checkpoint to reach hers. With the help of the International Red Cross, the Syrian Druze bride was able to get permission to cross the Syrian-Israel border to enter Golan Heights to marry Mujed Awad. After crossing the border, she was greeted by Awad's family.

With the recent news about the bloody crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government on protesters, it is nice seeing a positive story from the area.

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Relatives wait as Mayanda Abud and her groom Munjed Awad cross the Syrian-Israeli border pass of Quneitra in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Nov. 3, 2011.

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Relatives welcome Mayanda Abud.

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Druze women prepare food for the wedding ceremony of Mayanda Abud and Munjed Awad.