Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Lasting several days the festival began with the start of the lunar month of Shawwal which differs every year.
The day begins with prayer, however, in Iraq the so-called Islamic State group has issued a warning to the residents of Mosul to avoid Eid al-Fitr prayers.
In Baghdad, security was tightened around places of worship.
“We hope there will be peace and security in Iraq and may all the displaced families return to their homes, wishing al Iraqis the best of luck,” Salman Al Jumali, a worshiper in Baghdad told reporters.
In Gaza, the signs of last year’s 50-days of fighting with Israel remain visible, though there were no threats of violence, the impact could still be felt.
“Before the war we used to prepare cookies and sweets and buy clothing for our children it was a real Eid. But this Eid I cannot even prepare cookies it will cost me 800 shekels and I don’t even have 100 shekels,” explained one resident.
While many in Istanbul hit the road for a four-day break causing traffic chaos, those who remained the city celebrated with a selection of local delicacies. In Turkey the Ramadan Feast goes by the alternative name of ‘Sugar Feast’.
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