Failure of Egypt’s computer system as Gazan pilgrims flock to Rafah crossing

[ PIC 02/10/2013 – 12:10 PM ]


RAFAH, (PIC)– As hundreds of registered pilgrims from Gaza wait to cross into Egypt in order to travel to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian side claimed as it did in previous occasions that its network of computers at its Rafah passenger terminal broke down once again.

The administration of Palestinian crossings in Gaza affirmed that the Egyptian side told it on Wednesday morning that its computers at the crossing suffered malfunctions and consequently, the Gazan passengers, whose names are registered on the system, cannot travel to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage until the system is restored.

The Egyptian authorities at the Rafah border crossing often uses the failure of their computer system as an excuse to prevent the passengers from leaving Gaza; however, this system does not break down at all when the passengers are allowed into Gaza.

760 Gazan pilgrims were supposed to leave Gaza this morning en route to Saudi Arabi and the Palestinian authorities at the Rafah crossing had facilitated everything for their travel.


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