Egypt to Open Rafah Crossing to Palestinian Pilgrims

The Rafah border crossing. (Photo: File)

Hisham Edwan, the liaison officer on the Palestinian side of Egypt’s Rafah Crossing told Safa News Agency that the Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah Crossing for three days starting from August 30, 2016 to allow the passage of Palestinian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj rituals.

Commenting on the mechanism for the passage of pilgrims, Edwan noted that Palestinian passports with visas will arrive from the Saudi Embassy in Egypt tomorrow. The crossing will open on Tuesday for three days.

He stated that a meeting at the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Gaza will take place to organize the Hajj season.

Speaking of allowing Palestinians stuck in Egypt to return to Gaza during the three-day opening, Edwan clarified that no information was available on whether Egypt would allow this or not.


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