Gaza City, 30 Sha’ban 1435/28 June 2014 (MINA) – The Egyptian Authorities will open Rafah crossing from Sunday to Wednesday for pilgrims and human cases only, the general directorate of the crossings of the Gaza Strip at the Ministry of Interior announced.
The directorate said in a statement that the crossing will open on Sunday morning to allow the first group of the 12th batch of Umrah pilgrims from the Gaza Strip to travel, and to allow pilgrims from the 11th batch to return, Alresalah quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
There have been frequent closures of the Rafah terminal in recent months due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula, placing an added burden on Gaza Strip residents.
After the July coup that deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials and other goods.(T/P02/E01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)