Rafah crossing closed for Eid al-Adha

EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt will close on Friday for six days for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Egyptian officials said Wednesday.

Egyptian officials told Ma’an the terminal would open on Nov. 9, noting that pilgrims making Hajj would be returning to Gaza from Mecca.

The southern terminal, which is the only entry and exit point from the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel, was opened to travelers in May 2011.

Egyptian and Palestinian authorities have struggled to cope with huge demand and coordinating procedures, leading to travel delays.

(www.maannews.net / 02.11.2011)

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