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The Story of a Gaza Christian Youth Who Routinely Distributes Iftar Dates

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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Ehab Ayyad is a younger Christian in Gaza who often distributes dates and water to Muslims on the road.

An hour earlier than sundown in the course of the month of Ramadan, the streets of Gaza fill with vehicles dashing house to interrupt their quick with their households. It’s right here that Ayyad provides iftar meals for individuals who are caught in site visitors and are compelled to interrupt their quick within the midst of heavy site visitors.

5 years in the past, Ayyad began by providing dates and water to his neighbors, the primary meals Muslims normally eat when breaking their quick. From right here, he began providing iftar meals to individuals on the road.

Pictured: Ehab Ayyad, a younger Christian, provides dates and water to Muslims who’re caught in site visitors or late returning house to interrupt their quick throughout Ramadan, in Gaza Metropolis, April 12, 2023. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

“As a Christian, I provide dates and water to my Muslim brothers as a type of sharing, as a result of we stay in the identical homeland, and we now have the identical blood,” Ayyad, 23, informed Reutersin his home adorned with lanterns and small statues of the Virgin Mary.

“They first questioned how a Christian might try this, however as time went on, they loved seeing me yearly,” he mentioned.

Gaza is a coastal strip below an Israeli-led blockade since 2007 and is run by the Islamist group Hamas. Town of two.3 million residents has solely about 1,000 Christians, most of them Greek Orthodox.

“It is not a Christian month they usually do not quick, however they really feel it for us and it is one thing good,” mentioned espresso store proprietor Louay Al-Zaharna, after receiving one of many items from Ayyad.

At house, Ayyad bought assist from a 13-year-old Muslim neighbor to organize items.

“On our huge day, our Muslim neighbors came over and congratulate us, and we did the identical,” mentioned Ayyad.

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