Palestinian pilgrims in Gaza departed for Saudi Arabia for the Muslim Umrah pilgrimage on Monday.
The Anadolu News Agency reports that this was for the first time in two years.
In a statement, the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said the first group of pilgrims left Gaza for Saudi Arabia through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
The Chairman of the Association of Hajj and Umrah Companies in Gaza, Awad Abu Madkour, also added, saying the first batch of pilgrims was made up of 298 people.
In 2020, Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages were suspended due to the spread of coronavirus.
In recent days, a delegation representing Hajj and Umrah agencies in Gaza agreed with the Egyptian authorities to re-open the Cairo International Airport for pilgrims from Gaza.
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