Rafah crossing to open for Muslim pilgrims Sunday
Published Saturday 19/04/2014 (updated) 20/04/2014 21:52
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Sunday to allow pilgrims headed for Saudi Arabia to pass through, a Gaza official said.
A Palestinian official told Ma'an that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will be open Sunday and Monday for Umrah pilgrims heading to Mecca.
Pilgrims returning from Mecca will be allowed to pass back into Gaza on Tuesday.
The crossing will be closed for all other cases, the official said.
Rafah 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 crossing 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.