Palestinians celeberate Eid in embattled Gaza

GAZA - Thousands of Palestinians in the embattled Gaza strip showed up early Monday to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in defiance of an ongoing Israeli onslaught against the blockaded enclave.

Worshippers flocked to the strip's mosques for the special prayers, which started 6:25am local time (3:25 am GMT), marking the start of the Islamic holiday, Anadolu news agency reported.

However, many Palestinians living near the border areas where Israeli troops took positions could not perform the prayers over fears of fresh Israeli attacks.

The Israeli army reportedly shelled eastern Gaza City during the prayers, but no casualties were reported.

Children were noticeably absent from the scene as their parents opted not to take their sons and daughters to the mosques for the prayers.

Prayers were also confined mainly to mosques as organizers did not have the chance to prepare open areas that used to accommodate thousands of worshippers who usually gather to perform Eid prayers.

The Palestinian authorities said that around 70 mosques were not open for the prayers because they were damaged in the ongoing Israeli military offensive.


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