Aug. 8 - Muslims across the world celebrate the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan. Tom Dinham reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE* Getting ready to pray, across the world Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is an opportunity for Muslims to exchange gifts, visit family and friends and throw elaborate celebrations. In Jerusalem, throngs of worshippers joined prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, then visited an ancient hilltop cemetery nearby. Political leaders across the Muslim world took the opportunity to address their followers. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke on the arrival of Eid, reaffirming his government's position as he enters into peace negotiations with Israel set to resume next week. Meanwhile, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a crowd in Gaza city, called for an end to the peace process. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRIME MINISTER OF GAZA'S HAMAS GOVERNMENT, ISMAIL HANIYEH, SAYING: "We call for an end to this policy (negotiations). It has been more than 20 years and our people have achieved nothing accept more losses." Away from the politics, however, many ordinary Muslims had more immediate concerns. In Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, this refugee simply stated his wish to return to his native Syria. According to the United Nations, the camp houses around 120,000 Syrian refugees and since opening in 2012 has become Jordan's fourth largest city.