Last batch of Gazan pilgrims leaves Gaza, eight of them sent back

[ PIC 05/10/2013 – 12:54 PM ]

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RAFAH, (PIC)– The last and third batch of Gazan pilgrims on Friday crossed the Rafah border crossing en route to Makkah for pilgrimage rituals, while the Egyptian authorities prevented eight of them from traveling.

Director of crossings and borders affairs Maher Abu Sabha said that the last batch consisted of only 730 pilgrims and was allowed to travel through Cairo airport to Saudi Arabia.

Abu Sabha affirmed that the Egyptian authorities sent back yesterday eight other pilgrims at the pretext they are banned from travel, noting that 86 pilgrims, who are administrative, medical and media members of the Gazan pilgrimage mission, were unable to travel because of an act of duplicity by the de facto Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of religious affairs in Ramallah.

He explained that the PA ministry of religious affairs held the passports of those members of the pilgrimage mission and there were contacts with it to solve the matter, before it was found out later that their passports were not stamped at all in the first place by the ministry in Ramallah.

He added that that PA ministry also replaced the Gazan pilgrimage mission with another one whose members were not chosen by a draw and according to the previous coordination between the two sides in Gaza and Ramallah.




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