File photo of Lebanese troops in Abra, east of the southern coastal city of Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
BEIRUT: The Abra Municipality in the coastal city of Sidon released a memo late Wednesday, urging citizens to respect practicing Muslims during Ramadan and abstain from eating in public.
In his memo, Mayor Walid Nicolas al-Mchantaf stressed the importance of showing consideration during the holy month and refraining from dining at restaurants and cafes during the fasting period, which begins at sunrise and ends at sunset.
Abra is a predominantly Christian suburb of Sidon, but it has a large Muslim community in the town that has been in the spotlight since last year’s deadly clashes between Islamist gunmen affiliated with Sheikh Ahmad Assir and the Lebanese Army.
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