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Palestinian cabinet lauds Egypt’s role for facilitating Gaza pilgrims’ trip

The Palestinian cabinet hailed facilities Egypt has provided for Gaza pilgrims to leave for the holy lands to perform the haj rituals.
In a statement following Tuesday's session under Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the cabinet also praised a decision taken by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz increasing the number of Palestinian pilgrims and services provided by the Kingdom for them.
Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border terminal with the Gaza Strip on September 7 to let in Gaza pilgrims traveling for haj.
The terminal was shut down by Egyptian authorities in the wake of a terrorist attack on October 24 but every now and then it is being opened to let in stranded people and humanitarian cases.
Around 6,000 Palestinian pilgrims will perform haj this year, including 2,450 from the Gaza Strip.

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