In photos a quieter Ramadan

Ramadan is underway in the tightly packed Gaza Strip. Officials have eased some restrictions on social distancing allowing Palestinians a reprieve from isolation to buy sweets and gifts to celebrate the Islamic holy month.

Shops and street vendors opened for a first time in weeks, with many returning to work wearing face masks. Ordinarily Palestinians observe Ramadan by fasting sunrise and sunset and visiting relatives, praying, and shopping for gifts after nightfall. Because health officials closed mosques in March, many people have cleared space in and around their homes for prayers instead. Some used their balconies, others moved furniture from their living rooms.