More than 1,000 leave Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage
Published Thursday 31/01/2013 (updated) 01/02/2013 11:23
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Over one thousand Palestinian pilgrims have crossed into Egypt to made a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in recent days, an Egyptian official said on Thursday.
The group of 1,195 pilgrims will fly from Sinai's el-Arish city to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage, Egyptian director at Rafah crossing Maj. Gen. Sami al-Mitwali said.
He also noted that 63 trucks of Qatari-donated construction material entered Gaza from Egypt on Wednesday.