People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

Pics: Amid challenges, Arish residents celebrate Eid al-Fitr at sea

Sun, Jun. 17, 2018
CAIRO – 17 June 2018: Despite security challenges that prevailed in Al-Arish, the largest city of North Sinai, children and parents have continued to celebrate happy moments on the beaches of the city.

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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is an important Islamic feast that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan, people from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment.

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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

Using the beach to place the entertaining equipment was a smart choice. Although there are apparently some few parks in Arish which can be played in, yet, some of them are expensive. Samir Hassan, one of the beach’s visitors said that some of the equipment can be used for LE 5 ($0.23) only per 10 minutes.

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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

“Imagine that in Arish city there are no public parks,” Yassin Rashid, a visitor said, adding that there is a park in the city center with expensive entry tickets.

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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

Sami Abdel Rahman, another visitor said that the beach of Al-Arish is a magnificent tourist and entertaining site, adding that the residents of the city still like the beach and a large number of people visit it.

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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo
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People from different districts of Arish have gathered on beaches to enjoy the park games’ equipment – press photo

During Ramadan, around 120 children participated in an “iftar” gathering held in the presence of police and army men.

The celebration held by the Tree Foundation for Development and Art, was attended by around 120 children and 30 relatives. Iftar is the meal Muslims eat in Ramadan to break their fast.

Head of the Tree Foundation, Mohamed al-Temsah, said that a delegation from the North Sinai Security Directorate distributed food cartons to the children's families, in a celebration dubbed “Sahaba” (the cloud). Sahaba is an initiative that targets orphans and children of Sheikh Zuweid, and Rafah cities, who moved to live in Arish city.

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The Tree Foundation held “iftar” gathering for around 120 children in Arish city – press photo

During the celebration, children were surprised by a number of military men distributing gifts and taking pictures with them.

“My message to the world and to all our enemies inside and outside [the country] that we live here in Arish in safety,” said Sheikh Gamal Hamid, head of the Central Administration of Al-Azhar Institutes in North Sinai.

“Egypt and Arish are safe thanks to our sons of the Armed Forces,” Hamid stated, adding that “people walk safely in the streets [of Arish].”

In one of the deadliest terrorist attacks, 311 Muslim worshippers were killed in November 2017 by militants' gunfire during Friday prayers inside Al-Rawdah mosque in Arish.

Egyptian security forces at the Ministry of Interior killed on Monday 15 terrorists in an exchange of fire after locating their hiding place by Arish's ring road, according to the security forces report.

The elements were in contact with some terrorist leaders abroad who support them financially to carry out terrorist acts aimed to destroy the state, especially after the success of Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism, the statement read.

On February 9, Egypt’s military launched its comprehensive operation, Sinai 2018, against jihadists, who have launched attacks on the security and military forces for years.

Additional reporting by Walaa Ali
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