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Libyans united by Eid traditions amidst the ongoing conflict

North Africa

Despite the fighting that has ravaged Libya in recent years, Libyans are determined to not let it dampen their spirits on Eid al-Fitr

Last week Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the religious holiday that marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

While Eid al-Fitr took place on the 4th or 5th June depending on the appearance of the new moon, which varies from locality and based on religious jurisprudence, the religious holiday was welcomed for days as people gathered across the Muslim world to mark the occasion.

In Libya, where war has afflicted the country since 2011, people of different backgrounds came together to mark the occasion, showing unity in the face of the ongoing divisive conflict around the capital Tripoli.

A number of different national dresses were worn in their various styles and colours; recreational areas were filled with people praying; and traditional dishes were consumed, including al-Aseeda, a dish made of dates and olive oil, or butter and honey, which is popular in Libya and in other countries in the region.

Amidst the ongoing conflict, this Eid marked a show of unity and happiness, as well as for many a mental break in the conflict that is dividing the country.

The Libyan Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), is continuing an assault on Tripoli against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Over 600 people have been killed so far and a further 100,000 displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.