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A Lebanese man prays at a mosque in Beirut, Lebanon, July 10. Many devout Muslims in the Middle East have started observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan even as the region is rocked by Egypt’s turmoil and the relentless civil war in Syria.

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Ramadan begins amid crises

Many in Syria already hungry DAMASCUS, Syria — Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East on Wednesday, even as the region is shaken by the crisis in Egypt and the U.N. food agency warned that Syria’s civil war has left 7 million people in need of food aid.

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