Palestinians break fast without joy


The first day of Ramadan arrived on Monday like others for Palestinians in war-ravaged Gaza: stalked by famine and disease, shivering in tents and threatened by bombs.
As the Muslim world welcomed the holy month and its customary daytime fast, many Gaza Palestinians faced bombardment that saw residents once more search through the rubble of destroyed homes for survivors and bodies.
The UN has reported particular difficulty in accessing northern Gaza for deliveries of food and other aid.
Throughout the territory, people are feeling shortages even more during Ramadan.
“We don’t feel the joy of Ramadan … Look at the people staying in tents in the cold.”“We don’t know what we are going to eat to break the fast,” Zaki Abu Mansour, 63, said inside his tent.
Hamas authorities reported at least 67 people killed since Sunday, with more than 40 air strikes across the territory.
Despite widespread deprivation, some found ways to celebrate Ramadan’s start, fashioning meagre decorations and distributing traditional lanterns between their tents.
In Rafah, dozens offered prayers in the ruins of a mosque hit by an Israeli air strike just days ago.
Many of Rafah’s displaced are sheltered in a sea of makeshift tents.
They sat on the ground between the structures, under a string of decorative lights, to break their fast.

For Palestinians living in war-torn Gaza, where they are threatened by bombs, fear starvation and disease, and shiver in tents, Monday marked the start of Ramadan like any other.

Many Gaza Palestinians were subjected to bombardment as the Muslim world celebrated the holy month and the custom of fasting during the day. Residents of Gaza once again dug through the debris of their destroyed homes in search of survivors and bodies.

More than five months after Israel and Hamas began fighting, a United Nations report citing the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said that 25 people had now died from malnutrition and dehydration, the majority of them children.

Deliveries of food and other aid have reportedly proven particularly difficult to enter northern Gaza, according to UN reports. People are experiencing shortages throughout the region during Ramadan to an even greater extent.

The customarily plentiful iftar meal, which signifies the end of the day’s fast, was replaced in Rafah, Gaza’s southern border city, where 1.5 million people have sought refuge. According to displaced Khan Younis resident Mohammad al-Masry, this was in place of “canned food and beans.”.

“There was nothing that we had planned. Al-Masry asked, “What do people who are displaced have? “Look at the people who are staying in tents in the cold. We don’t feel the joy of Ramadan.”. “.

“Within our tent, we are uncertain about our plan for breaking the fast,” stated 63-year-old Zaki Abu Mansour. “My only possessions are a tomato and a cucumber, and I lack the funds to purchase anything.”. “.

Gaza was rocked by fighting as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanded that firearms be “silencing” during the Muslim holy month and expressed his “appalled and outragedness that conflict is continuing.”.

At least 67 people have been killed since Sunday, according to Hamas officials, with over 40 airstrikes occurring throughout the region.

Even though there was extreme poverty, some people managed to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan by making crude decorations and passing out lanterns to each tent.

Dozens of people in Rafah prayed amid the ruins of a mosque that was struck by an Israeli airstrike only a few days prior.

In a sea of improvised tents, many of Rafah’s displaced people are taking refuge. Under a string of ornamental lights, they broke their fast while sitting on the ground in between the buildings.

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