Palestinian children look at a car decorated with sheep and cows in celebration of Muslim Eid al-Adha festival in Gaza City on August 8, 2019. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Ali usually marks the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha with his family in the Gaza Strip by sacrificing a sheep, a customary annual ritual for those who can spare the cost. But this year the 49-year-old police officer says he cannot afford to buy an animal for the "feast of the sacrifice" holiday, which begins Sunday, after the Palestinian Authority halved his salary five months ago."I used to offer a sacrifice every year but this year there is no money," said Hassan An-Najjar, an unemployed father of six. He says the cost of a sheep would run out the $500 in welfare he receives quarterly from the PA.
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