• Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma break their Ramadan fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on June 18. (Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos from around the world show Iftar bringing people together over a shared meal.
Alyssa Braithwaite

20 Jun 2017 - 1:09 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2017 - 1:42 PM

In the middle of a grey street, surrounded by ruins of buildings and rubble, residents of Douma in Syria sat at tables to break their Ramadan fast with an Iftar feast.

Douma, a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, has been repeatedly attacked by Syrian government forces with air strikes and barrel bombs over the past for four years.

A mass Iftar - which is the meal when Muslims end their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan - was held for several hundred residents, who had previously been forced to eat "hidden in mosques, fearing strikes", according to one resident who attended, the BBC reports.

The meal was organised by the Syrian Adaleh Foundation, who will run the nightly celebration during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

"We would have normally been cautious to host such events due to air stirkes, but we are taking advantage of the latest de-escalation deal," an official from the Adaleh Foundation's Turkey bureau told the BBC.

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Around the world, people have been sharing their own #Iftar photos, as Muslims come together to break their fast. 

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