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VIDEO: Timbuktu celebrates the end of Ramadan amid tight security

© FRANCE 24 | The Muslim faithful gather by the main mosque in Timbuktu.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-07-06

The Muslim faithful gathered outside Timbuktu’s main mosque on Tuesday to celebrate the start of Eid al fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. FRANCE 24 reports from the fabled ancient city.

More than three years after French-led forces ousted jihadists who had taken over the northern half of Mali, residents of the city are relieved to be able to celebrate in peace.

But a lingering sense of insecurity remains following a spate of terror attacks across the Muslim world this week that left 350 people dead in Dhaka, Baghdad and the Saudi holy city of Medina.

Malian troops and UN forces in Timbuktu are on constant high alert amid sporadic attacks on soldiers and civilians, and Mali remains the deadliest country in the world for UN forces.

Click on the player above to view the FRANCE 24 report.

Date created : 2016-07-06

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