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Gaza pilgrims head to Saudi Arabia for Umrah

Feb. 20, 2013 3:34 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 12:32 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Over 400 pilgrims from the Gaza Strip left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday via the Rafah crossing, border officials said.

Crossing official Sami al-Mutawalli said 460 pilgrims departed for Mecca to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Umrah.

Over 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims will fly back on Wednesday via El-Arish airport, he added.
Ma'an News Agency
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