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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for pilgrims

June 28, 2014 5:45 P.M. (Updated: June 30, 2014 1:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for two days starting Sunday, a Palestinian official said.

Awad Abu Mathour told Ma'an that the crossing would be open for pilgrims traveling from Palestine to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Around 800 pilgrims will be heading to Mecca on Sunday, Abu Mathour said.

He added that the crossing would be open on Sunday and Monday for pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia.

The Rafah crossing is the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million people and the outside world as a result of the Israeli siege on the Strip, which is enforced jointly with Egypt.
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