Egypt opens Rafah border crossing as Palestinian pilgrims return

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Sun, 26 Aug 2018 - 06:33 GMT

An Egyptian soldier keeps watch at the closed Rafah border crossing, between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

An Egyptian soldier keeps watch at the closed Rafah border crossing, between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

CAIRO - 26 August 2018: As the season of Hajj ends, the Egyptian authorities decided Sunday to re-open Rafah border crossing to facilitate the crossing of Palestinian pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia to their Gaza Strip.

The border will be opened for five days on Aug. 27, 29, and Sept. 1,2,3, and then will be open normally starting from Sept. 4.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the opening of the Rafah border to ease the travelling procedures for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip seeking a Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca.

The president ordered the opening of the gates on Saturday, Aug. 4 through Tuesday, August 7.

Three thousand Palestinians were able to pass through the border in Rafah and reach Cairo International Airport to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and perform the upcoming Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina.

This step was taken by the Egyptian side in order to support residents of the Gaza strip.

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