Despite Mourning, Ramadan in Gaza Remains Lively and Solemnity

Illustration: a Palestinian family in Gaza breaks its fast in its house which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike. (Photo: Citizen Reporter)

Gaza, MINA – Ramadan is a wonderful moment for 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world. A blessed month to gather when breaking the fast with family or colleagues.

What is about Ramadhan in Gaza, Palestine? It not many people know because many media seldom cover and report it.

Ir. Edy Wahyudi, Site Manager of Development Phase 2 of Indonesian Hospital in Gaza, on Saturday told MINA, the atmosphere of mourning is currently still coloring the blockaded area, after a two-day war with Zionist State of Israel.

“30 Palestinians were martyred, including two babies and a child, three housewives, and two of them were pregnant,” said Edy, who led 28 Indonesian volunteers working to build Indonesian Hospital.

He detailed that 130 houses and several apartment tower buildings were completely destroyed. Another 700 buildings were partially damaged by air strikes of Israeli planes.

Although Gaza is often hit by prolonged conflict, the atmosphere of Ramadan is so lively and filled with solemnity.

“Mosques throughout the Gaza Strip are filled with prayer worshipers, even overflowing to fill the pages, during Isha prayer and followed by taraweeh prayer,” said Edy.

He recounts residents of Gaza have a way that is quite unique in showing their joy in welcoming the holy month of Ramadan, namely by making their homes and neighborhoods filled with decorations.

The typical lantern of Ramadan, colorful lights with moving colors and other trinkets are found on most streets in Gaza City.

“After last major battle, Zionist government plans to loosen the fishing zone 12 miles off the Gaza Strip from previous 3 miles,” he said.

“At least 3,700 fishermen will be happy with the condition and become Ramadan as gift from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for the two million people of Gaza who most of them still live below poverty line,” he added. (L/Sj/R04)

Mi’raNews Agency (MINA)