Palestine – Gazans perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Al-Saraya Square
Location: Gaza – Palestine
Source: A24 in Gaza
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Date: 09/07/ 2022
As is customary every year, citizens of Gaza performed Eid al-Adha prayer in Al-Saraya Square in the center of Gaza. Performing Eid prayer in open space is a popular religious ritual. After performing prayer, citizens wished each other well and a happy Eid, then went on to visit family and friends.
Citizens collectively expressed how this year’s Eid came amid difficult living conditions in Gaza, that is suffering under blockade, exacerbated regional and global changes and crises, which in turn have led to huge rise in prices.
Citizens hope that by Eid next year, living conditions would be better, crossings would be open, and the blockade imposed on Gaza for fourteen years would be lifted.
Soundbite (Rohi Mushtahi – Leader in Hamas Movement):
“We wish all Palestinians well on this blessed Eid al-Adha. On this day we feel closer to God, it is a day that we celebrate despite our struggles and pain. Eid is a wonderful occasion that we celebrate with our beloved families. Happy Eid to everyone. We hope next year to reunite with all and enjoy our well-deserved freedom.”
Soundbite (Abu Hussam- Gazan):
“We wish the Islamic and Arab nation, and all Palestinians well on this blessed Eid al-Adha. We hope by Eid next year, living conditions would be better. Al-Aqsa Mosque would be liberated, and Israeli occupation of our Palestinian land would be over. Despite the blockade, people Gaza are determined to be joyful and draw a smile on the faces of their children.”
Soundbite (Abu Hamuda Al-Dahdar – Gazan):
“We wish all Palestinians here and abroad well on this blessed Eid al-Adha. We hope this year and coming years will be better than previous ones. We hope invasions and wars to be over, and the blockade on Gaza to be lifted. We hope the suffering of Palestinians to end and for them to live in peace.”