Thousands of prisoners freed in Northern Africa and the Middle East on the occasion of the Feast of Sacrifice

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While some people in Bangladesh sacrifice cattle for Eid al-Adha (this spelling will be used for this article), or the Feast of Sacrifice, in Northern Africa and the Middle East, thousands of people are being freed on the occasion of the Feast of Sacrifice. Here are some of the counts:

Egypt – 2,376 prisoners being freed (https://www.newtimes.co.rw/africa/egypt-pardons-prisoners)

Morocco – 889 prisoners being freed (https://www.newtimes.co.rw/africa/king-pardons-160-prisoners)

United Arab Emirates – Over 1500 prisoners being freed (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/more-than-1-500-prisoners-granted-early-release-for-eid-al-adha-1.759964)

Afghanistan government and Taliban – Both are releasing ‘hundreds’ of prisoners. (http://www.oananews.org/content/news/general/state-qatar-welcomes-truce-afghanistan-and-release-hundreds-prisoners)

Bahrain – 91 prisoners being freed (http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/853050)

Oman – 174 prisoners being freed (https://timesofoman.com/article/140044)

Some prisoners are released in these regions on the occasion of holidays. For example, in the case of the United Arab Emirates, the rulers every year pardon some prisoners and also order their debts to be settled on the holiday occasion. During Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting period, the leader of Egypt pardoned 3,747 people in 2018.

 

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