10:24 GMT23 June 2021
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    Muslims in Jerusalem are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan amid a flare-up of tensions between Israel and the Palestinians and several days of cross-border hostilities.

    Sputnik is live from East Jerusalem as Muslim worshippers are gathering outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque to join in prayers to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of praying and fasting in the Islamic calendar.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier cancelled Eid al-Fitr celebrations due to the ongoing hostilities that saw dozens of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli raids come in response to a barrage of rockets fired from the enclave on Monday. Since then, the two sides have exchanged rounds of fire, resulting in casualties on both sides.

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