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News, November 2011
Freed Palestinian Captives Leave Gaza for Haj But West Bankers Barred from Travelling to Perform Pilgrimage
Palestinians freed in deal with Israel go to Haj
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arab News, Nov 4, 2011 22:30
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip:
Gaza’s Hamas rulers say 300 Palestinian prisoners freed in a recent swap for a captured Israeli soldier will take part in Islam’s annual Haj pilgrimage.
Hamas border official Maher Abu Sabha says Saudi Arabia offered to fly them to the pilgrimage. He says they will cross from Gaza into Egypt late Friday to catch the flights.
Israel freed hundreds of Palestinians last month in the first stage of a swap for one Israeli soldier held by Gaza militants for more than five years. Many of those released were jailed for attacks that killed hundreds of civilians.
Occupation bars freed captives from travelling to perform pilgrimage
[ 04/11/2011 - 08:22 PM ]
The Israeli occupation authorities blocked recently freed captives from the West Bank from crossing to Jordan on their way to Makkah to perform pilgrimage.
According to those freed captives, they were travelling on coaches towards the King Hussain bridge border crossing, when their coaches were stopped at a military roadblock before reaching Jericho. They were told they would not be allowed to travel except for the two women Sana' Shehada and Alya' al-Ja'bari, the others were turned back.
They further said that the soldiers manning the roadblock had a list of their names and called their names out and told them they were banned from travelling.
The freed captives were told on Wednesday morning by the Awqaf Ministry that they should go to Ramallah to get their passports and join the pilgrims in the last minute. The main event of the pilgrimage takes place on Saturday.
PA: Released prisoners to travel late Friday
05/11/2011 14:36 MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Ma’an) --
The Palestinian Authority minister of religious affairs said Friday
that Palestinians in Gaza who are to join the pilgrimage to Mecca are to
gather late Friday at the Rafah crossing.
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