Thousands pack Cairo’s Islamic quarter despite Covid-19 risk

SourceThe National

Thousands of Egyptians have flocked to Cairo’s Islamic quarter during Ramadan, defying government advice on social-distancing to break their Ramadan fast among some of the capital’s historic treasures.

Hundreds of years of Egyptian history is concentrated in the area – a Unesco world heritage site boasting a wealth of historical sites from the Fatimid, Mamluk and Ottoman eras.

Breaking the day’s fast in the Islamic quarter during Ramadan has become a firmly-rooted tradition, inspired largely by the palpable atmosphere of spirituality created by the area’s high number of mosques, including the 1,000-year-old Al Azhar mosque, as well as by the colours and smells of more...