Egypt opens Rafah crossing for 3 days
Published Sunday 04/05/2014 (updated) 05/05/2014 12:53
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Sunday to allow Umrah pilgrims to leave for Saudi Arabia, a statement said.
The Gaza government's border crossings department said in a statement that Rafah would be open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
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 Israel beginning in 2007.
Rafah has frequently been shut down or operating at reduced capacity in recent months due to ongoing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and political turmoil resulting from former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the Egyptian military in July.