Egypt relaxes border with Gaza to let pilgrims travel to Mecca

Egypt opened its border with Gaza on Monday to let in hundreds of Palestinian pilgrims headed for Saudi Arabia - the first time Palestinians have been allowed to cross directly into Egypt since Hamas seized control of Gaza in June. But the crossing quickly hit a snag when Egyptian riot police rushed to the border after passengers broke a crossing gate. The police surrounded the border terminal, stranding the travelers at midday, security officials in Egypt said. They were allowed to proceed after a delay of several hours, Hamas officials said.