Construction workers in the West Bank village of Silwad say they are determined to finish the tallest minaret ever built in the region by the end of Ramadan, despite the holy rite of fasting.
The minaret will be at least 72 metres tall and is being built at the Abu Obaidah mosque.
“In the days leading up to Ramadan, I worked from seven in the morning to three-thirty because then you can eat, drink water and coffee and even smoke. But when you are fasting for the holy month, you can’t do that.” one of the workmen said.
The partial lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza meant residents flocked to the markets to buy food for Iftar, the meal eaten when muslims break their fast.
1.5 million Gaza residents depend on food handouts. The Hamas-run authority is planning to distribute food parcels to thousands of families.