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Palestinians in Gaza mark the end of Ramadan

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Palestinians in Gaza mark the end of Ramadan


Palestinians in Gaza have been marking Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

For the families of the more than 1,000 Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army, there has been little to celebrate.

Relatives have been going to the graves of their loved ones to lay flowers.

Abeer Shamale, whose son was killed, said:“I am living the experience of a mother who lost her son. She opens her eyes on this celebration and does not find her son beside her”.

43 Israeli soldiers have died, as well as three Israeli civilians killed by rocket and mortar fire from Gaza.

More than 6,000 Palestinians have been wounded during the 21 day conflict.

Kassem Al Ajla whose young son was injured said:“This celebration is not a celebration. We cannot call it one. It’s a shock, not Eid”.

At a UN school in Gaza City where displaced Palestinians have been sheltering, parents tried to make the Eid clebrations as normal as possible, but it was a hard task.

One little boy said: “It’s much nicer when we’re home. We have more fun, and the celebration is much nicer, and not war”

Although a temporary ceasefire was called for Eid, there is no sign of an end to the Israeli offensive.

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