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Muslims across the Arab world celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting.

June 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Muslims across the Middle East celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Sunday, a three-day festival that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Muslims in Arab countries – including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Algeria – performed Eid prayers at mosques and public venues across their respective countries.

In Egypt, millions of Muslims performed Eid prayers in more than 5,000 open areas across the country amid a stepped-up security presence, while President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi performed prayers at a mosque at Egypt’s naval headquarters in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, some 90,000 Muslims converged on the iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque – which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site — to perform Eid prayers.

In Qatar, which continues to face an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with a handful of its Gulf neighbors, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his father, former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, attended Eid al-Fitr prayers in capital Doha.

And in Jordan, thousands performed Eid prayers in the main prayer hall of the Hussein Sports City in central Amman.