With borders sealed, Gazans unable to leave strip for Muslim pilgrimage

February 27, 2015 12:30 PM

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With borders sealed, Gazans unable to leave strip for Muslim pilgrimage

A Palestinian boy sits next to an old wall mural depicting the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site and a center point of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. With the war-battered Gaza Strip’s borders closed, thousands of people have been shut out of a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because they cannot leave the sealed territory. Some 7,500 Gazans have sought to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the minor umrah pilgrimage but have been turned away because Egypt restricts movement in and out of the coastal enclave.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (The Associated Press)

A Palestinian Hamas police officer stands next to the last gate of the Palestinian side of the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. With the war-battered Gaza Strip’s borders closed, thousands of people have been shut out of a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because...

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