This year, civil activists from numerous faith and ethnic groups in Nineveh have turned out to celebrate Eid with their Muslim neighbours, hoping to foster improved inter-community relations and combat extremism.
Although Eid al-Adha is primarily celebrated by Muslims, the people of Mosul call on all communities to come together and bring life back to the city. Citizens stress that this Eid is different from the past Eids in Mosul.
During the Eid al-Adha festivals, the citizens of the city of Ramadi in Iraq flock to the markets to buy clothes and sweets. They hope that this celebration will bring about peace and security in their city.
Syrian refugees living in Turkey are returning home by the thousands for Eid al-Adha, and the border crossing facilities are working overtime to facilitate the process. The director of public relations and information in Bab al-Hawa crossing said that over 30,000 Syrians had crossed in the past week.
Volunteer groups have taken on a leading role in supporting the thousands of people from the East Ghouta region, east of Damascus, who were displaced to Idlib and western Aleppo in March and April this year.