Thousands attend Eid al-Adha prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque amid Gaza conflict

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Thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning to attend prayers for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Men, women and children arrived at Jerusalem’s Old City as the sun was rising, making their way to the site holy to Muslims and Jews.

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Women handed out sweets outside the mosques in the compound and festive crowds flocked the narrow alleyways of the old city.

Eid al-Adha marks the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, when Muslims slaughter animals to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son on God’s command, often distributing meat to the poor.

This year’s celebrations and preparations ahead of them are overshadowed by the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the economic crisis many Palestinians face due to the violence.

The Palestinian economy ministry recently said that the buying power of many Palestinians has reduced in recent months.

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