Despite war, Aleppo city preserves Ramadan customs 

Aleppo city's people preserve Ramadan customs, despite the economic and security changes, high prices, and the fact that the city witnesses daily shelling and clashes.

Despite many changes caused by the nine-year wars in Syria, the Ramadan's customs remain. Aleppo city has changed into war arena, and many things have been changed such as Ramadan cannon, which was replaced by the sounds of shells, rockets and artillery, which caused shattering the people's eagerness due to the displacement of a large number of them from their homes and killing and injuring others not to mention the destruction of their homes.

The streets are densely crowded … amid rising prices

The streets of Aleppo city's neighborhoods have been densely crowded as Ramadan month has come where Aleppo city is witnessing an economic crisis such as high prices and shortage of fuel; gasoline and diesel, which has negatively affected the price of goods and trade.

The salesman Ahmed Nassan from the Arab component said, "At the beginning of the crisis, the activities of the people in the neighborhood decreased, but today, the markets witness a turnout by the people despite high prices."

Ahmed Rehawi, the owner of a pastry shop, pointed out that the expensiveness of materials affects sales and parents.

The families managed to maintain their fasting habits by the families gathering at one Iftar table and the neighbors exchanging food among themselves, while most of the residents of the neighborhood perform Taraweeh praying, as the people attend the mosques.

The camera of our agency (ANHA) wandered in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Maksoud and al-Ashrafieh in the city of Aleppo and some neighborhoods under the control of the Syrian regime, and monitored Ramadan atmosphere in the city on the tongue of the people.

Ayman Nessimi, a resident of the Jamiliya neighborhood of Aleppo, told our agency, "The situation in Aleppo is gradually returning to its normal situation by providing all the necessities of daily life. We congratulate this month on all Muslims, hoping that peace will prevail in Syria."

The administrator at the Interfaith Forum in Sheikh Maksoud Sheikh Ali al-Hassen said, "We coordinated with the preachers of the mosques to give the lessons of religion daily after al-Asr praying. Ten mosques in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Maksoud and al-Ashrafieh have been prepared with all requirements in addition to designating a chapel for women to perform their pray."



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