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In Pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha amid coronavirus surge

Once again the safety drive against the pandemic meant smaller gatherings.

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A Muslim worshipper offers Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

A Muslim worshipper offers Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

A Muslim worshipper offers Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Muslims have marked the Eid al-Adha holiday with safety measures in place as the pandemic continues to pose a threat.

Large gatherings were discouraged in many places in a bid to curb transmission, while in the Afghan capital Kabul, further security was visible with a rocket attack on the presidential palace.

However, there were still big crowds in some locations including the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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A Palestinian woman prepares sweets ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, in the West Bank city of Nablus (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

A Palestinian woman prepares sweets ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, in the West Bank city of Nablus (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

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A Palestinian woman prepares sweets ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, in the West Bank city of Nablus (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

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Muslim worshippers attend prayers next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city (Mahmoud Illean/AP)

Muslim worshippers attend prayers next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city (Mahmoud Illean/AP)

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Muslim worshippers attend prayers next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city (Mahmoud Illean/AP)

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The young and the old gather for prayers on the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, in Nairobi, Kenya (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

The young and the old gather for prayers on the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, in Nairobi, Kenya (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

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The young and the old gather for prayers on the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, in Nairobi, Kenya (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

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A man stands near an empty mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

A man stands near an empty mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

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A man stands near an empty mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

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A cleric consults people in a mosque during prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

A cleric consults people in a mosque during prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

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A cleric consults people in a mosque during prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

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Muslims wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus leave after prayers at Zona Madina mosque in Bogor, Indonesia (Tatan Syuflana/AP)

Muslims wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus leave after prayers at Zona Madina mosque in Bogor, Indonesia (Tatan Syuflana/AP)

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Muslims wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus leave after prayers at Zona Madina mosque in Bogor, Indonesia (Tatan Syuflana/AP)

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Syrian president Bashar Assad, second right in front, prays on the first day of the feast at Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque, in Homs province, Syria (AP)

Syrian president Bashar Assad, second right in front, prays on the first day of the feast at Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque, in Homs province, Syria (AP)

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Syrian president Bashar Assad, second right in front, prays on the first day of the feast at Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque, in Homs province, Syria (AP)

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Muslims offer prayers outside the Haghia Sophia in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

Muslims offer prayers outside the Haghia Sophia in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

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Muslims offer prayers outside the Haghia Sophia in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

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Palestinians visit graves of deceased relatives (Khalil Hamra/AP)

Palestinians visit graves of deceased relatives (Khalil Hamra/AP)

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Palestinians visit graves of deceased relatives (Khalil Hamra/AP)

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A woman takes a selfie at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

A woman takes a selfie at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

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A woman takes a selfie at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, in the historic Sultan Ahmed district of Istanbul (Mucahid Yapici/AP)

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Sheep wait to be sold for sacrifice in Gaza City (Khalil Hamra/AP)

Sheep wait to be sold for sacrifice in Gaza City (Khalil Hamra/AP)

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Sheep wait to be sold for sacrifice in Gaza City (Khalil Hamra/AP)


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