No break in hostilities as Gaza commemorates Eid al-Adha

While Muslims around the world celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha with feasting and presents on Sunday, displaced Palestinians in Gaza battled to provide for their family.

Several displaced women in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, told the Associated Press that Israel’s catastrophic war had radically altered their Eid celebrations from the previous year.

“There are no new clothes, Eid meat, or even Eid sweets, and you can’t give your son a toy to make him happy like before,” said Nadia Al-Debis, a displaced Gaza City mother.

Her sister, Aya Al-Debis, stated that Eid will be characterized by the absence of loved ones.

“We’re missing our family, my husband. “And the children miss their father.”

Her family cannot even afford basic basics such as proper food for her children, she explained.

“We… fled the starvation that existed in the north. “We were forced because the children couldn’t bear it,” she explained.

Meanwhile, Um Fadi Shonnar, who was relocated from Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, told the Associated Press that the war must cease for the sake of their children.

“Our homes are gone, and we are psychologically and financially destroyed,” she told the Associated Press as she sat with her children in a tent.

We live in tents. The epidemic, poverty, and hunger have destroyed us. We grownups are fatigued; what about the children?” She asked.

Earlier on Sunday, Israel’s military stated that it will stop combat for the day along a route in southern Gaza to clear a backlog of humanitarian assistance delivery.

The military stated that the pause, which began on the first day of the Eid Al-Adha celebration, was reached after consultations with the United Nations and other assistance agencies.

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