Saturday, 22 February 2014

Rafah crossing to open on Sunday for 2 days


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Strip Ministry of the Interior said on Saturday that Egyptian authorities had agreed to open the Rafah crossing on Sunday morning in order to allow pilgrims and those stranded in Egypt to travel over the next two days.

The ministry said in a statement that the Egyptian side had informed them of their intention to open the crossing to allow the first batch of three groups of pilgrims to cross en route to Mecca as well as to allow the return of another group of pilgrims.

The crossing, which is the sole connection between the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million inhabitants and outside world, would also open to allow Palestinians currently stuck inside Egypt to return home.

However, there was no indication as to whether Egypt would allow humanitarian cases from the Gaza Strip to cross into Egypt. more

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