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Eid in Saudi Arabia on Thursday after Shawwal moon not sighted

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Web Desk
Gear set up in Saudi Arabia for a moon sighting committee to witness the Shawwal moon. — Twitter

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, several Arab media outlets reported.

According to Saudi Gazette, the Shawwal crescent moon was not sighted, meaning Ramadan will last 30 days this year and Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on Thursday, May 13.

Later on, the Saudi Press Agency confirmed that the Royal Court had announced that Wednesday is the last day of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr  1442 AH will be observed on Thursday.

Social media had reported astronomers gathered at the Sumair and Tumair observatory for the sighting of the moon.

Chief Astronomer Abdullah Al Khudairi had said earlier that there is "little to no possibility" the Shawwal moon will be sighted.