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Feature: Gazans celebrate Eid al-Fitr as chances for ceasefire still dim

English.news.cn   2014-07-28 22:04:06

by Saud Abu Ramadan

GAZA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Rami Sweirki, a 29-year-old father of two children from Gaza, was unable to buy his two kids new clothes to celebrate the most important Muslims holiday of Eid al-Fitr, so he decided to buy them some less expensive toys to play with.

Sweirki and his family stayed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza city during the last few days after they evacuated their house in Sheja 'eya neighborhood, which was largely attacked by Israeli war jets and artillery shelling as part of an ongoing Israeli offensive that has been launched on the Gaza Strip since July 8.

"What is the fault of those children that they can't celebrate the Eid like other children all over the world," said Sweirki as he bought his son a little plastic toy car and his daughter a small doll.

On Monday, amid bombing sounds of the Israeli artillery shelling and the buzz of drones and war planes in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians began the first day of Eidul Fittr that comes after 30 days fasting of the holy month of Ramadan.

Right after sunrise, streets were completely empty of traffics and people. Very few traffic and very few people were cautiously moving in the streets, and were going out of their homes for urgent purpose only. For the majority of Gaza populations, they preferred to remain at home.

In the morning, the families who took refuge in schools that are run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees, went to check their destroyed homes, hoping they can find some stuff such as blankets or broken beds they can fix and other tools from their destroyed kitchens.

The families of those who were killed during the past 20 days during the ongoing Israeli offensive went to the graveyards to poor waters on the fresh graves and place flowers on it, amid crying, sadness and grief.

Hospitals, mainly the main hospital in Gaza city, Shifa, was full of visitors who came to visit their relatives, friends and neighbors who were injured over the past 20 days of the fighting.

On Monday, two Palestinians were killed east of the town of Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip by tanks shells, including a 5-year- old boy. Seven corps pulled out from under the rubble in the town of Khuza'a east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip.

According to Shraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, death toll hit 1,044 and wounded hit 6,233.

Sufian Ghaben, a 38-year-old father of seven children and a former police officer in Mahmoud Abbas police, said "this is not Eid. It is the worst ever Eid I have seen all my life."

"I still remember the Eids when I was young. It was full of happiness and we did enjoy it, but this Eid is full of blood, destruction, pain, grief and sadness. I hope that this will end soon. We really don't know when this is going to end," said Ghaben.

"Our people were killed, our houses were destroyed, hospitals were full of the wounded, and economy was completely broken, so what's next? I believe that Israel and Hamas must stop this war because neither of them made any political achievement in terms of helping their people improve their current situation," he said.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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