Known to Palestinians and Arabs as “al-Halil”, or “The Companion (of the Prophet Mohammad), the city's souq comes to life on Fridays during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, as families shop for the Iftar, the evening meal to break the fast.
Left: Traffic near the souq in al-Halil comes to a standstill as Muslims head to do their final shopping before heading home to prepare to break the fast.
*al-Halil is the name used by the Palestinians for the part of Hebron under their control. Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the West Bank city was divided into two, with the other section under Israeli military control.
Hebron is a city sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, because the tomb of their common patriarch Abraham is believed to be buried there.)
Text and photos by Dan-Chyi Chua
Vendors and shoppers in the souq in al-Halil's Old City.
Spices for sale in the souq in al-Halil's Old City.
Traditional Arabic sweets are especially popular to have when breaking the fast during Ramadan.
Colourful pickled vegetables and vine leaves in the souq in al-Halil's souq.
A young boy takes a break after a day of selling fruit in the souq in al-Halil's Old City.
A drinks vendor in the souq in al-Halil's Old City
Palestinian men in an exchange of candy and lollipops at a stall in al-Halil's Old City
A father and son head home for iftar in al-Halil
An old man with the traditional black-and-white khaffiyeh made popular by the late leader Yasser Arafat.