“Eid is not Eid with the atmosphere of coronavirus”


“Eid is not Eid with the atmosphere of coronavirus – people feel a sense of fear,” worshipper Akram Taher said in Gaza.

Muslims around the world have been marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr, as coronavirus lockdowns worldwide restrict celebrations.

Mass prayer gatherings have been banned in many countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and Syria.

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, began a five-day round-the-clock curfew from Saturday after coronavirus infections has affected more than quadrupled since the start of Ramadan to over 72,000 – the highest in the Gulf.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire to mark Eid al-Fitr in a surprise move following months of bloody fighting with Afghan forces after the signing of a landmark agreement with the United States.

In Somalia, at least five people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a blast during Eid festivities, police said.