Officials in Gaza are now demanding that all weddings be coordinated with police and receive a license. "We had a war that caused mayhem and trauma. Now we want our students to prepare for tests in a peaceful environment," a security official told Ynet.
He said weddings, which normally end with guests walking about until the small hours of the night, will now be permitted to last until 11 pm.
The official denied the ban was not an attempt at preventing Fatah supporters from holding events.
"It's true that after Hamas took over the Strip Fatah weddings became a platform for criticism against Hamas, but that has been taken care of and today no one dares turn a social event into a political protest," he said.