llustrative photo of Palestinians waiting at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza.
Rafah, MINA – Egypt opened Monday Rafah crossing with Gaza to allow the first group of pilgrims to leave the blockaded coastal enclave heading to Saudi Arabia.
WAFA correspondent said the first batch of 800 pilgrims left Gaza through Rafah crossing heading to Cairo airport from where they will fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
A total of 2508 pilgrims from the Gaza Strip are going to attend the annual pilgrimage this year. They will leave Gaza in four batches, the first left on Monday.
Egypt opens Rafah crossing, one of two border crossings for the Gaza Strip the second being Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing with Israel, only when need arises for humanitarian reasons. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)