Rafah crossing opens for second group of pilgrims
Ma'an News Agency
October 25, 2013
A second and final group of pilgrims from the Gaza Strip returned home Friday via the Egyptian Rafah crossing into the blockaded territory, the Hamas religious affairs minister said.
Ismail Radwan said that the first group consisted of 770 pilgrims and arrived on Thursday after spending one night in el-Arish.
Egyptian authorities decided to open Rafah briefly for pilgrims performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
After a July coup deposing president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years.
The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.8 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by Israel beginning in 2007.
Related Topics: Egypt, Gaza, Palestinians
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