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Eid Festival Clash in Zanzibar

Muslims have clashed with police in Zanzibar in a row over the date of the Muslim festival of Eid – the celebration to mark the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage. Muslims who started praying in a mosque on Tuesday were interrupted by police who fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse them. The Zanzibar Government wants Eid to be celebrated on Wednesday, when the president is due to address the Eid Council. But Muslims began celebrating Eid on Tuesday, arguing that the moon had already been seen in Saudi Arabia, and the festivities should begin. Police used weapons against Muslims in the mosque when they refused to stop praying. Four people were injured in the ensuing fracas. Full Story

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