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Rafah crossing opened for Gaza pilgrims

July 14, 2014 12:01 P.M. (Updated: July 14, 2014 12:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt opened the Rafah crossing Monday to allow pilgrims to leave Gaza and travel to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage.

Over 490 Gazans left early Monday and 152 pilgrims returned to Gaza from Saudi Arabia.

Four seriously injured Palestinians entered Egypt for treatment.

Egypt has largely kept the Rafah crossing, the only border through which Palestinians can exit Gaza, closed during Israel's assault on the territory.

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