Ramadan Fare Frugal in Damascus as War Saps Spending

Abu Anas al-Hijazi scanned the stalls in the Syrian capital's Bab Srija market but bought nothing. For the cash-strapped 45-year-old wedding singer, this Ramadan is a frugal one. "We used to lay out a large spread and invite relatives and friends for a feast around six or seven times at least" during the Muslim holy month, he told AFP. "But now, I invite them once or twice at most." Throughout Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and sit down to a...

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