Palestinians gather at ruined mosque for Eid al Adha prayers - as Muslims celebrate around the world

Dozens of Palestinians have gathered near the ruins of a mosque destroyed by Israeli airstrikes to perform Eid al Adha prayers.

They were surrounded by the debris and rubble of collapsed houses at the former site of the al Rahma mosque in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza to mark the start of the major holiday.

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Commonly translated as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al Adha is the second of the two main Islamic holidays - alongside Eid al Fitr - when better-off Muslims commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith by slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing some of the meat to the poor.

"Today, after the ninth month, more than 37,000 martyrs, more than 87,000 wounded, and hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed," said Abdulhalim Abu Samra, a displaced Palestinian, after prayers in Khan Younis. "Our people live in difficult circumstances."

In the nearby town of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, Muslims held their prayers in a school-turned-shelter, while some, including women and children, went to cemeteries to visit the graves of loved ones.

Palestinians also gathered at the al Aqsa compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, the site of the Dome of the Rock shrine.

It comes against a the backdrop of the devastating Israel-Hamas war which has pushed the Middle East to the brink of a regional conflict.

The Israeli military has announced a "tactical pause" in its offensive in southern Gaza to allow the deliveries of more humanitarian aid.

The suspension, which begins as Muslims started marking the major holiday, came after discussions with the United Nations and international aid agencies, the military said.

Most countries marked Eid al Adha on Sunday, while others, like Indonesia, will celebrate it on Monday.

Cities including Beirut, in Lebanon, Mosul in Iraq and Istanbul, in Turkey crowded with worshippers.

In Egypt, balloons were released after prayer at a public park, outside El-Seddik Mosque in Cairo.

Muslims in Russia offered prayers at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque and gathered in Moskovsky central avenue during celebrations in St Petersburg.