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Leader urges unity

The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says the enemies of the Muslim world have realized that they cannot be successful in their plots with military adventurism and therefore resort to other strategies. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for identifying those strategies in order to foil the enemies’ plots. He also called on Iranians to stay united, saying the enemies are opposed to the people’s unity. The leader was delivering a speech after leading Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran. The ceremony was held enmasse under Iran’s leader after a three-year halt due to the Covid Pandemic. Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed mass rallies held last week by Iranians to mark International al-quds day. He said the rallies dealt a blow to the enemies. 

Marking Eid al-Fitr

People in Iran and some other Muslim countries around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the day that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims also marked the Eid in countries like Pakistan and Indonesia. Many nations like Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Turkey celebrated the event a day earlier. Eid al-Fitr which comes at the end of the fasting month is a major occasion and holiday for Muslims. The date of Eid al-Fitr is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon on the last day of Ramadan. The Eid is celebrated on two different days because the Moon's regular cycle in the sky allows people to see it on the other day in different countries. 

Sudan crisis

A deadly power struggle between Sudan’s army and a paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces has entered its second week. Despite a 72-hour truce declared on Thursday for Eid al- Fitr celebrations, local reports say sounds of gunfire and airstrikes can still be heard in parts of the capital Khartoum. Clashes between the rival military forces have so far left more than four-hundred people dead and pushed tens of thousands to flee the country. Thousands more are trapped inside their homes without water or electricity supplies. The United Nations has condemned the fighting and urged the two sides to push the country toward the appointment of a civilian government. Fighting broke out in the capital and some other cities last Saturday after weeks of tensions over the planned integration of the paramilitary group into the Africa country’s regular army.

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