World Bulletin / News Desk
Closing of Rafah Crossing is leaving Palestinians, who want to travel to Mecca for umrah pray, in difficult situations.
Egypt's Rafah crossing is closed indefinitely after an attack on the Egyptian-Israeli border post at the weekend and 16 soldiers had been killed during the attack.
Mahir Abu Soubha, who is in charge at the border gate on Gaza strip side, told Anadolu Agency that around 850 Palestinians had been expected to cross the border for umrah pray.
"Because of delays at the border gate, Palestinians' visas for umrah are getting expired. Closing of the border gate by Egypt due to security reasons is not a surprise for Palestinians. We are expecting that the border gate will be re-open in a couple of days time," said Soubha.
The umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year. It is sometimes called the 'minor pilgrimage' or 'lesser pilgrimage', the Hajj being the 'major' pilgrimage and which is compulsory for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. The umrah is not compulsory but highly recommended.
Federica Mogherini has said that the EU has left the door ajar for Turkey membership
Cuba has restarted their news agency in the US capital
A NATO member since 2009, Albania is a candidate for EU membership and hopes to open negotiations by the end of the year.
American media are highlighting the 100-day mark of Trump's presidency on Saturday as an early-days standard against which his performance can be measured against those of predecessors.
The United States was a supporter of ethnic Albanians in neighboring during the 1998-1999 war where Kosovo sought to become independent from Serbia.
Palestinians from across the West Bank demonstrate in support of jailed hunger strikers
Aleksandar Vucic meets Turkish ambassador ahead of assuming office on May 31
Her task was underlined on Friday when her National Front (FN) party removed its interim leader Jean-Francois Jalkh after reported comments about a Holocaust denier.
"Hungary is defending its border, and the Schengen zone at the same time," Karoly Kontrat, an interior ministry state secretary, told a press conference in Roszke beside the fence on Hungary's southern frontier.
33-year-old man faces charges of conspiracy to murder top govt officials thought to have benefited from corruption
Attack was carried out on April 7 in Stockholm by 39-year-old Uzbek Rakhmat Akilov
Administrator of Masisi territory asks authorities to provide adequate security to civilians
Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow celebrates his first 100 days in power
The charges come after an 18-month investigation into organized crime, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.
Raila Odinga named opposition alliance candidate
Wealth gaps between rural and urban areas, the more affluent south and the poorer north, has an impact on schooling.