Egypt to reopen Rafah border to Gaza

Egyptian authorities said the terminal will be opened on Sunday to allow pilgrims to leave for Saudi Arabia.

Egypt to reopen Rafah border to Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt will reopen the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for two days as of Sunday to allow Palestinian pilgrims to leave for Saudi Arabia.

"Egyptian authorities told us that the terminal will be opened on Sunday to allow pilgrims to leave for Saudi Arabia," Maher Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza's crossing and border authority, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Egyptian authorities have tightened control over the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Over the past weeks, Egypt has repeatedly closed the Rafah crossing, which – because of a seven-year Israeli siege – represents Gaza's only window to the outside world.

The Egyptian army has also launched a major campaign to destroy a network of underground tunnels linking Gaza and Egypt, which in recent years have been used to smuggle vital commodities into the coastal enclave.

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