Amid War Rubble, Thousands of Palestinians Celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Gaza, Where More Than 37,200 Have Already Died

Palestinians attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Khan Younis town, southern Gaza strip. Photo: EFE/EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

June 16, 2024 Hour: 2:09 pm

Thousands of Muslim worshippers celebrated Eid al Adha (or the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’) this Sunday both on the Esplanade of Mosques in Jerusalem, the third holiest place for Islam, and among the ruins of mosques and buildings in the devastated Gaza Strip.


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According to the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, at least 40,000 people came this morning to the Esplanade, where there were tense incidents when the Israeli authorities prevented many Palestinian youths from entering and stormed the compound to review their documentation.

In Hebron, in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, some 8,000 worshippers today attended the Abraham Mosque (also known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs), where Muslims have very restricted access and half is a synagogue.

Meanwhile, in the devastated Gaza Strip, where more than 37,200 people have already died since the beginning in just over eight months, thousands of Palestinians prayed among the ruins of mosques and homes, according to videos shared on social networks.

Year after year, Eid al Adha recalls the biblical sacrifice of Abraham – Ibrahim in the Islamic tradition-and is synonymous with joy and family reunions, with thousands of Muslims flocking to shops where they buy new clothes and food. Commonly, too, families buy a lamb or a calf, slaughter it and divide the meat into three: one third for their own consumption, one for relatives and one for people in need.

Autor: ACJ

Fuente: WAFA // EFE // Al Jazeera

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