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Sharjah Police have announced a ban on all celebrations and fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve. The move is a “sincere expression” of solidarity with the people of Gaza, where the war between Israel and Hamas has claimed more than 20,000 lives.
The force has appealed to all “institutions and people” to cooperate with it and adhere to the announcement. On social media platform Facebook on Tuesday night, Sharjah Police warned that legal action will be taken against those who violate the ban. The police did not specify the sanctions that will be imposed on violators.
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Sharjah usually welcomes the new year with fireworks that last several minutes over the Al Majaz seafront.
Multiple festivals and events have been postponed in the Emirate in a show of solidarity with Gaza. The Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, which was to be held in Sharjah’s Mleiha, has been postponed indefinitely. The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) withdrew from the Frankfurt International Book Fair following developments surrounding the cancellation of an award for a Palestinian author and statements by the organizers of the fair. Spartan Arabia canceled a race in Sharjah’s Khor Fakkan and cut ties with its parent company over its founder’s comments about the situation in Gaza.
The United Arab Emirates has been among the most vocal on the international stage in calling for a ceasefire in besieged Gaza. Recently, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution written by the United Arab Emirates calling for substantial and concrete measures to increase the flow of life-saving humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.
Seventy percent of the victims in the strip are believed to be women and children. The death toll is expected to rise further as Israel recently said that “there will be no peace” until Hamas is destroyed.
Since the siege took effect, Gaza’s 2.4 million people have been suffering from severe shortages of water, food, fuel and medicine, and only limited aid has entered the territory. An estimated 1.9 million Gazans have been displaced, according to the UN.
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