Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 3 days starting Sunday
Published Saturday 05/04/2014 (updated) 06/04/2014 15:22
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days to allow pilgrims to pass through, Palestinian officials said in a statement Saturday.
Gaza border crossing officials said that the crossing would open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for Umrah pilgrims only.
Rafah will allow 760 Umrah pilgrims to exit Gaza on Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday will allow pilgrims who have already completed the pilgrimage to return to the Strip.
The 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 Israel in 2007.
There have been frequent closures of the Rafah terminal in recent months due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula, placing an added burden on Gaza Strip residents.
After the July overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials, and other goods.