Israeli Arabs and Palestinians from the West Bank Thursday celebrated
the first day of Id al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of
Ramadan, by bringing their families to enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv.
authorities ease restrictions for Muslim worshipers to enter Jerusalem
during the holiday to pray at the al-Aksa Mosque.
Each year at Ramadan's end, celebrants flock from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv's Mediterranean coast, many for the first time.
The feast of Id al-Fitr began Thursday for Palestinians, according to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
Celebrations will continue through Sunday, when more crowds are expected to congregate for shore-side festivities.
Ramadan, the faithful are supposed to abstain from food, drink, smoking
and sex in a dawn-to-dusk period meant to test the faith and discipline
Reuters contributed to this report.
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