Egypt exceptionally reopens Rafah crossing to allow Gaza pilgrims

Gaza Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Minister Ismail Radwan said the crossing would be reopened two days every week.

Egypt exceptionally reopens Rafah crossing to allow Gaza pilgrims

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian authorities on Sunday exceptionally reopened the Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinian pilgrims leave the Gaza Strip on the way to the holy lands in Saudi Arabia and also allow other Gaza residents to re-enter the strip.

Gaza Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Minister Ismail Radwan said the crossing would be reopened two days every week.

Accompanying 530 Gaza pilgrims to the crossing on the way to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Radwan said 450 more pilgrims will be allowed out of Gaza on Monday. He added that the Gaza pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia from Cairo airport.

Egyptian authorities have repeatedly closed the border crossing, which – because of a seven-year Israeli siege – represents Gaza's only window to the outside world, but they reopen it from time to time to allow medical patients out to seek treatment in other countries, including Egypt.

Relations between Egypt and the Gaza-ruling Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, have worsened since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader himself.

Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2014, 16:17
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