Ramadan in Syria

Ramadan in Syria

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At least 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict wracking Syria, and nearly 2 million refugees have fled fighting that has reduced parts of major cities to rubble.

Yet in the midst of the chaos, daily life goes on. This includes observances for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – a time of prayer and introspection, when Muslims fast during daylight hours – which have been taking place in the war-torn country.

. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A street vendor chats with a girl as he sells liquorice syrup before the time for iftar – the meal with which Muslims break their fast after sundown during Ramadan.

. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men buy traditional bread from a street seller during the holy month.

. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A member of the rebel Free Syrian Army, which is engaged in fighting with government forces, is reflected in a cracked mirror as he boils water before the time for the iftar meal.

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People carry purchases after shopping on the first day of Ramadan as they walk past the Karaj Al-Hajez crossing, a passageway separating Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr, which is under rebel control, and the Al-Masharqa neighborhood, an area controlled by the government.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

People carry purchases after shopping on the first day of Ramadan as they walk past the Karaj Al-Hajez crossing, a passageway separating Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr, which is under rebel control, and the Al-Masharqa neighborhood, an area controlled by the government.

Street vendors prepare food before the time for the iftar meal.
. RAQQA, Syria. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Street vendors prepare food before the time for the iftar meal.

A boy buys traditional bread on the street.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A boy buys traditional bread on the street.

A vendor sells juice drinks before the time to break fast.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A vendor sells juice drinks before the time to break fast.

Another vendor sells a traditional juice drink to a member of the Free Syrian Army.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Another vendor sells a traditional juice drink to a member of the Free Syrian Army.

A boy sells watermelons before the time for iftar.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A boy sells watermelons before the time for iftar.

A street vendor smiles as he sells grapes at the Karaj Al-Hajez crossing.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A street vendor smiles as he sells grapes at the Karaj Al-Hajez crossing.

A woman buys eggplants before the time for iftar.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A woman buys eggplants before the time for iftar.

People chat near a vegetable store during Ramadan.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

People chat near a vegetable store during Ramadan.

A man carrying groceries walks past debris on the street.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man carrying groceries walks past debris on the street.

Free Syrian Army fighters ride a motorbike as one of them carries food before the iftar meal.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army fighters ride a motorbike as one of them carries food before the iftar meal.

Free Syrian Army members prepare food for iftar.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army members prepare food for iftar.

A rebel fighter reads the Koran before the time for iftar.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A rebel fighter reads the Koran before the time for iftar.

A member of the Free Syrian Army washes himself.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A member of the Free Syrian Army washes himself.

A rebel fighter washes his shirt beneath flags marking the month of Ramadan.
. DEIR AL ZOR, Syria. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

A rebel fighter washes his shirt beneath flags marking the month of Ramadan.

Rebel fighters eat their iftar meal.
. ALEPPO, Syria. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Rebel fighters eat their iftar meal.