Striking pictures being shared online show children taking part in a Ramadan feast amidst rubble and bombed-out homes in a suburb of the Syrian capital.
Tables full of food, a rare commodity in the besieged town of Douma, are laid out in rows among the colossal ruins as sunset approaches.
“We would have normally been cautious to host such events due to air strikes, but we are taking advantage of the latest de-escalation deal,” an official from the Adaleh Foundation, which organised the meal, told the BBC.
The photographs were taken on Sunday evening and show them defiantly enjoying an iftar meal, which sees Muslims break their fast.
The evening meal is held at the end of each day’s Ramadan fast at sunset.
One resident of the town who attended the mass iftar said several hundred people were present and that they previously would have had such meals “hidden in mosques, fearing strikes”.
“I don’t know how emotionally confused I would be if I were in the shoes of anyone inside, ” said a Syrian medical technologist who tweeted the photos, calling the scene “Life despite death today in Douma.”
Douma has been under government sieges since 2013. Years of air and ground attacks have caused extensive damage to the town.