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Rafah Crossing Opens Today for Umrah Pilgrims

(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Rafah crossing opens Sunday for two days to allow pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia, a Ma'an news agency report said today quoting the Ministry of Interior's General Directorate of Crossings of the Gaza Strip said. The directorate said in a statement that the crossing will open on Sunday morning to allow the first group of the fifth installment of Umrah pilgrims from the Gaza Strip to travel, and to allow pilgrims from the fourth installment to return. The directorate said it did not receive information on likelihood of Egyptian authorities opening the crossing for humanitarian cases involving Gaza Strip citizens seeking treatment abroad. Egyptian authorities have kept Rafah crossing shut for the last 43 days, the directorate added. The statement comes over a week after a Gaza child died after he was unable to travel abroad to receive medical care due to the crossing's closure. The crossing is the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade in 2007, the Ma'an report said.
Rafah Crossing Opens Today for Umrah Pilgrims

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