Ramadan, a time of worship and joy for Muslims around the globe, is mixed with sadness in Gaza.
During Ramadan three years ago, Israel launched a massive military offensive that would last 51 days and claim more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.
The many families in Gaza who lost loved ones during that offensive, and the ones that came before it, feel little joy in their absence.
Successive Israeli military offensives, and a decade of blockade, have destroyed Gaza’s economy, further clouding Ramadan.
But Palestinians in Gaza try to carry on with Ramadan traditions – sharing meals with family and visiting neighbors after a long day of fasting, enjoying qatayif sweets and and carob and tamarind drinks.
Video by Ruwaida Amer for The Electronic Intifada.