War casts shadow over Eid al-Fitr in Gaza

“We play, celebrate and have fun together during Eid last year,” said 7-year-old Tala Abu Amr, who lives in the Rafah Palestine camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

“But this Eid, we remember the taste of happiness… there are no toys, no friends to play with. They are all dead.”

Tara is one of the many children interviewed by the BBC in Arabic. Gaza’s Lifeline radio shows how they and other family members are trying to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as the war between Israel and Hamas enters its seventh month.

Eid al-Fitr – Eid al-Adha, a month usually celebrated by Muslims It is a big celebration where family and friends come together for a big meal after a long fast. It is also common for children to receive money or gifts from their elders. About 1.7 million people, half of them children, were forced to leave their homes. 1.1 million of them face hunger. The United Nations says they have run out of goods, food and means to intervene.

The war affected Gaza so much that the phrase “we are not okay” became a holiday greeting both among citizens and on social media platforms. During Eid, the streets are usually filled with people shouting “takbir” to express their gratitude to Allah, while the shops are also full of people buying food for the celebration, including date desserts and various chocolates.

“We stayed up late, bought candy and new clothes for the children, and prayed in the Masjid al-Haram. Unfortunately, we live with Mohammed Barbari, a 47-year-old Gazan resident who fled to Rafah this year. (Muhammad al-Barbari) told the BBC.

11-year-old Sarah Amer from Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood said she often goes to entertainment venues or to her aunt’s on the weekends. cousins ​​are invited to the party.

“This is a war. How can we be happy and celebrate when someone is killed, arrested, injured? ” He asked.

“I asked my mother to buy us dolls to play with. My mother replied: “There are many children like you who have lost their parents, they have nothing, they have lost everything. Let’s think about these.”

“We celebrated Eid al-Fitr with our loved ones, but now our siblings have passed away. Anyway “There are no new clothes to buy, no cake, no food, no water to drink.”

“This holiday has no taste because we see the human body.” eight-year-old daughter Habiba.

Habiba was attacked at her home in Gaza City on October 13, just six days after Hamas launched a war in southern Israel that left nearly 1,200 dead (civilians only) and 253 killed and arrested. He said he was killed in an Israeli attack. br>
“We have many gatherings for Eid and most of us wear our best clothes. The best chocolate we’ve ever had. A day full of happiness and joy for everyone in Gaza. But unfortunately, this Eid is different from all the Eid before it,” he told the BBC in Refah.

“This Eid, I am not the Fedaa Murjan that I was in every Eid before. I am a failed, sad mother who suffered the pain of losing my daughter for months.” He said that he was killed in an Israeli air strike.

“Today is the first day of Eid. Our children have the right to live happy and dignified lives, Nidal told Reuters. “Israeli planes killed our children with their cruelty and arrogance.”

The bodies of 14 people wrapped in cloth, who health officials say were killed in the attack in Sirat, are also in the morgue. refugees.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment on this matter. But the group announced on Wednesday that its forces “are still operating in the central Gaza Strip and have killed a large number of terrorists in recent days.” He added that the planes “hit twelve terrorist targets” across Gaza.

One way many Palestinians in Gaza celebrate Eid al-Fitr is by attending Wednesday morning prayers.

In Rafah, where one million people were displaced, dozens of people gathered on the street in front of the ruins of the Faruk Mosque, which was destroyed in February.

Harun Medalal told Gaza Lifeline that some people gathered in the street outside the ruins of the Farouk Mosque. She tried to “put a smile on the faces” of the orphans there by making biscuits with the women in the camps in the city.

“Despite the suffering, destruction, displacement and violence of the Israeli army, we are people who love life,” he said.

Muhammad Abu Amir reportedly called for a ceasefire after Hamas accepted the demand of moderates in Cairo to suspend the conflict for six weeks, which would lead to fighting. With the release of 40 prisoners currently in prison.

“We hope that the holiday will be joyful, that the children will be happy, and that this misery and war will end,” he said.

Some of Rafa’s children also say they are trying to do good things.

“Despite the war and fear, I decided to celebrate Eid like other children around the world,” said 10-year-old Nabeel Samy al-Saroura. “We will celebrate and be happy,” said 10-year-old Nabeel Samy al-Saroura.

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