Palestinian Muslims perform the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer near the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the Old City of Jerusalem on June 25, 2017. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Eid al-Fitr in Jerusalem

Palestinians celebrate Eid al-Fitr across the region, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan

Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip attended Eid al-Fitr prayers on Sunday, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Thousands of Muslim worshippers flocked to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, Islam's third holiest site, before heading to graveyards at the ancient Muslim cemetery to pray for their loved ones - a tradition on the morning of Eid.

Prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah were attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who laid a wreath at the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat.

In Gaza City prayers were led by Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Another Hamas senior official, Khalil al-Hayya, thanked Egypt amid reports that talks with Hamas in Cairo this month may lead to the regulation and a possible increase of the amount of days per week in which Rafah border crossing will be open.

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the 'small holiday', marks the start of a three-day holiday as Muslims exchange gifts, visit family and friends at home, and throw elaborate feasts.

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