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Egypt opens Rafah crossing for Umrah pilgrims
Published Wednesday 26/02/2014 (updated) 27/02/2014 21:57
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip early Wednesday to allow a group of pilgrims to return to their homes, a Palestinian official said.

Gaza border officials said in a statement that Rafah was opened to facilitate the return of 250 Umrah pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.

A first group of pilgrims returned to Gaza on Tuesday, along with a number of other passengers, the officials said.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by the State of Israel beginning in 2007.

Egypt has frequently closed the terminal since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July. Hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials, and other goods were also destroyed.
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