EGYPT OPENS RAFAH CROSSING TO ALLOW GAZA PILGRIMS TO TRAVEL TO SAUDI

Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing, to allow Gaza Strip’s pilgrims, to leave the blockaded coastal enclave, to travel to Saudi Arabia, local media reported.

The first group of about 800 pilgrims crossed the Rafah crossing on Monday, to go to the Cairo International Airport, from where they will fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

A total of 2,508 Muslim pilgrims from the Gaza Strip will travel to Saudi, to attend the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage for Muslims from across the world, the report said.

Gaza has been under blockade by Israel and Egypt since 2007, after the Hamas movement took over the enclave from the rule by the Palestinian National Authority.

Egypt opens the Rafah crossing and the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing with Israel, only when need arises, for humanitarian reasons, the report said.

Meanwhile, EgyptAir announced that, it will start transporting Palestinian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, as of today (Tuesday), via three flights, that will take off from Cairo International Airport to Jeddah.

The Egyptian national carrier said, in a statement, that, it will fly 21 flights, including 11 flights to Jeddah, and 10 flights to al-Madina al-Monawara, to transport about 4,530 Hajj pilgrims

Source: NAM News Network