‘Thanks to God,’ Gazans chant as truce takes hold

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – When the fighting halted, the celebrations began. Unable last week to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the joyous Muslim feast marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month, many Gazans took to the street at 2 a.m. on Friday to extol the start of a Hamas truce with Israel that ended 11 days of hostilities. “God is greatest and thanks to God,” they shouted in Arabic. Cars packed Gaza’s main streets, drivers honking their horns and waving flags from the windows, in scenes reminiscent of past celebrations of truces and prisoner releases. Hamas, the Islamist militant gro…

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