I am unable to say Eid mubarak the way he could, from his heart in ‘Eidgah’. The child in his classic story, Hamid, can be killed today by his own village folks as he goes to pray – all because of the cap he wears.
“We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust…”
Such inter-communal meals are held every year, but they resonated more this year after ISIS attacks on Coptic Christians meant to stoke sectarian divisions.
Fighting in Marawi City has entered a fifth week and nearly 350 people have been killed.
The attacks targeted the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and were claimed by ISIS in statements on its Amaq news agency.
His rejection of the request suggests there are no plans this year for any high-profile Ramadan function at the state department.
The truce between the army and rebels is the first since February, but opposition groups and a monitoring organisation say little has changed on the ground.
Of the 17 people arrested by Turkish government, 11 are foreigners from Russia, Uzbekistan, Dagestan.
Here is the story of Nadeem from Old Delhi, who takes a one-month break from his job during the month of Ramzan every year. He stays up the entire night to wake up people for the pre-dawn meal.
Despite a string of territorial gains by Iraq’s ground forces against ISIS, the attacks show that ISIS can still strike in the heart of the Iraqi capital.
A map showing the devastating attacks that were witnessed globally during the holy month of the Islamic calendar.
A total of 49 people are still being treated in hospitals from the attack and 17 remain in intensive care.
The twin bombings are the deadliest this year and took place despite the major victory of Iraqi forces in dislodging ISIS from their stronghold of Falluja last month.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two bombings that targeted a busy shopping area.
Ten amongst the killed were those who had gone to a mosque to pray at night.
ISIS had urged its followers to attack the ‘non-believers’ in the month of Ramadan.
The casualties appeared to include both Afghans and Nepalese security contractors.
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While attacks by Islamic State have tended to draw more attention in the West, Turkey is equally concerned by the rise in attacks by Kurdish militants who had previously concentrated for the most part on the southeast.
Basma Kodmani said opposition armed groups were backing the proposal, which would revive the “cessation of hostilities” that began at the end of February and applied to all groups except for Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
The sides will submit a list of prisoner requests to UN mediators within two days, after which “local committees” would be created to facilitate the exchanges.