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Thursday, August 21, 2014

PICTURED: Orthodox Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodo...




Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.
St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians, some of the more than 140,000 who have fled their homes, according to the UN.
Entire families are sleeping on thin sheets on the hard church floors, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. During the day the adults try to keep the dozens of children occupied, taking their minds off the conflict. In the evening, the families break their fast with simple plates of rice, provided by church aid agencies.

Farha Salameh, sitting under a bell, combs the hair of her daughter Sahed, 10, as they begin their day on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios church in Gaza Ci...

Palestinians start their day inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Entire families are sleeping on thin sheets on the hard...

Palestinians start their day on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Muslim families driven from their homes by t...

A boy walks past sleeping men inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hun...

Members of a Palestinian Muslim family break their fast, during the holy month of Ramadan on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios church in Gaza City, Wednesday... 

 Palestinian boys pose for pictures as they play on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City,  Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Muslim families driven f... 

Farha Salameh, sitting under a bell, holds her baby on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pi... 


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