After the war with Israel, Gaza in mourning marks the feast of Eid Al-Adha | World news


GAZA (Reuters) – For Palestinians who lost loved ones in the fighting between militants in Gaza and Israel two months ago, there is little reason to celebrate at the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid Al -Adha.

Known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, it commemorates for the faithful the will of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show his devotion to God.

The holiday, which coincides with Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, begins on Tuesday, and Muslims traditionally mark the occasion by slaughtering sheep or cows and exchanging gifts.

For this year’s four-day festival, Mahmoud Issa, a 73-year-old retired teacher, bought new clothes for his grandchildren and took them to a farm to choose an animal to slaughter.

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But he mourns the deaths of his daughter Manar, 39, and his daughter, Lina 13, who he said were killed by an Israeli missile that destroyed their home in the Bureij refugee camp on May 13. Manar’s husband and three other children survived.

“As adults we are always haunted by pain, but we have to take the children out of this atmosphere and make them experience the atmosphere of Eid, so that they forget the pain of losing their mother and sister. elder, ”said Issa, sitting next to a large mural by Manar.

The Islamist-led government in Gaza, Hamas, said 2,200 homes were destroyed and 37,000 damaged by Israeli shelling during 11 days of cross-border fighting in May.

More than 250 Palestinians have been killed in hundreds of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza that were launched after Hamas began firing rockets at Israel in retaliation for what the group called violations of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem.

Thirteen people were killed in Israel in rocket attacks that disrupted life and caused people to seek safety.

In Gaza’s cattle markets, herders and farmers reported low sales before the holidays. At a market in the town of Khan Younis, some customers loaded animals onto donkey-drawn carts to take them home.

“This year, the purchase of animals is low due to the blockade, the war and the coronavirus,” said trader Saleem Abu Atwa, referring in part to the strict border restrictions imposed by Israel and Egypt, which cite safety concerns for the measurements.

“We hope that the calm continues. It is for the good of all,” he added.

At a stand in Gaza’s bustling Rimal neighborhood, Mohammad Al-Qassas laments the destruction of his shoe store during the fighting as he sells merchandise he recovered from the rubble.

The 23-year-old fears that an Egyptian-brokered truce that has ended the most serious hostilities between militants in Gaza and Israel for years will not last.

“Another war would be a disaster,” he told Reuters.

(Edited by Jeffrey Heller and Pravin Char)

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