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In pictures: The start of Ramadan

Muslims across the world have been getting ready for the holy month of Ramadan, during which they avoid food and drink between dawn and dusk. Here is a selection of images depicting the preparations and the start of Ramadan.

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Image caption Palestinians ride motorcycles past a traditional Ramadan lantern in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Image caption Migrants in the Italian city of Ventimiglia say their prayers on the eve of the start of Ramadan.
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Image caption Syrian refugees wait beneath Ramadan posters on the roadside near the Turkish border crossing of Akcakale.
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Image caption In the Pakistani city of Peshawar, vendors offer dates - the traditional snack with which to end the fast.
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Image caption On the first day of the holy month, Afghan children receive religious lessons in the city of Jalalabad.
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Image caption Muslim schoolchildren are instructed in prayer by their teacher in the southern Philippines.
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Image caption Indonesian men rest inside a mosque on the outskirts of Jakarta, awaiting a break from the fast.

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