CAIRO: Rafah border crossing is open for the third day in a row to receive the third batch of Palestinian pilgrims arriving Egypt to head to Saudi Arabia to perform their pilgrimage, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Around 1,514 Palestinian pilgrims crossed the border during the last two days from Gaza to the Egyptian territories, traveling to Saudi Arabia through the Cairo International Airport.
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs in Gaza, Hassan Al Saifi, told Youm7 that the total Palestinian pilgrims for this year reaches 6,000 pilgrims, including 2,450 from Gaza and the rest from the West Bank.
Egypt opened the crossing border with Rafah Monday to receive the first wave of travelers.
“A total of 2,450 Palestinian pilgrims have obtained entry visas to Saudi Arabia through the Saudi embassy in Cairo. The batch is set be transferred from Rafah to the Cairo airport in several buses over the coming three days to avoid overcrowding in the arrival hall,” official source at the crossing told Youm7 Sunday.
The Hajj, expected to fall this year on Sept. 23, is a series of rituals performed in the holy city of Mecca to re-enact the actions of the Prophet Muhammad. It coincides with the celebration of Eid-el-Adha (feast of the sacrifice.)