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Photos of iftar amid war ruins in Syria go viral

  • Published at 02:56 pm June 28th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:56 pm June 28th, 2017
Photos of iftar amid war ruins in Syria go viral
Photographs and video footages of Muslims setting at iftar tables amid the ruins of besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Douma have been going viral over the internet as a sign of resilience. The photographs were taken last week and went viral after being shared by rebel activists this week. The images and video footage have been shared thousands of times online since they surfaced. A Syrian medical technologist tweeted: “Life despite death today in Douma.” The outdoor celebration was organised by the Adeleh Foundation, a rebel-affiliated charity group mostly run from Turkey, reports the Independent. [caption id="attachment_71509" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Residents break their fast in Douma on June 18 REUTERS Residents break their fast in Douma on June 18 REUTERS[/caption] The images seem surreal with colourful food laden tables horizontally organised in the middle of the grey carcasses of bombed-out buildings of the combat zone. What makes the images so striking is dozens of residents along with smiling children are defiantly enjoying the iftar meal in the face of death and destruction. “We would have normally been cautious to host such events due to air strikes, but we are taking advantage of the latest de-escalation deal,” an Adelah spokesperson told the BBC. The Douma town which is currently being controlled by Islamist rebel group Jaish al-Islam has been a major war arena during the six-year-old civil war and has suffered air strikes since 2012. The town also faced a siege by pro-government forces since 2013. Resisting the years of violence and massacre the residents have become habituated with iftar gatherings taking place out of sight of warplanes in mosques and private homes, rather than out on the street. However, an agreement of establishing four 'safe zones' across Syria has been declared last month which was negotiated by Russia, Iran and Turkey.