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Rafah crossing to open Sunday for Umrah pilgrims
Published Saturday 17/05/2014 (updated) 18/05/2014 15:55
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing on Sunday to allow pilgrims to pass through, a Gaza official said.

Maher Abu Sabha, the director of border crossings, said that Egypt would open the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Sunday and Monday to allow Umrah pilgrims to leave the Strip for Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims returning to Gaza will be allowed to pass back into the coastal enclave on Tuesday, Abu Sabha added.

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.
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