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Tens of thousands take part in Eid al-Fitr processions

In light of Islamic holiday marked Thursday, tens of thousands attend Wednesday processions across Arab towns in Israel

Tens of thousands of Arab citizens took part in Wednesday's processions ahead of Eid al-Fitr, marked Thursday, ending the Ramadan fast. The main procession was held in Nazareth, where thousands attended.

 

Festivities also took place in Tayibe, Tira, Shfaram, Sakhnin, Umm al-Fahm, Baqa al-Garbiya and more.

 

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Schoolchildren and parents alike attended the processions, which ended with fireworks displays and balloons.  

 

Preparations for Eid al-Fitr (Video: Reuters)    (צילום: רויטרס)

Preparations for Eid al-Fitr (Video: Reuters)

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Ahmad Ali, a Nazareth resident, told Ynet: "The procession was interesting and joyous. I would like all year to be like today and I hope we have a happy and quiet holiday.

 

Another Nazareth resident, Heitam Qatib, added that "In the recent days we've held many protests and marches against the Prawer bill and the demolition of houses in the Arab sector."

Celebrating end of Ramadan fast (Photo: Alarab website)

 

Eid al-Fitr procession (Photo: Alarab website)

 

Likud member Arik Bremi at celebrations (Photo: Alarab website)

 

Marching in Tayibe (Photo: Alarab website)

 

Qatib added that though he was happy in light of the holiday, he could not be content "as long as decisions to expel Bedouins from their lands."

 

Thissir Muhammid, Umm al-Fahm resident, said that the Ramadan fast was exceptionally difficult this year, "due to the long fasting hours and the heat. Tomorrow I intend to travel with my family in the north, to celebrate."

 

Arik Bremi with the Likud attended the Tayibe procession and said: "I would like to with all the residents of Tayibe a happy holiday."

 

 

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פרסום ראשון: 08.08.13, 10:45
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