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Awad Abu Mazkour, the head of the association representing pilgrimage agencies and travel companies, speaks during a press conference, in Gaza city on March 18, 2015. Some 50,000 Gazans typically travel for the umrah each year, and travelers continued to leave even during last year's war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. But since the pilgrimage season began in November, no one has been able to leave, and travel agents have stopped taking orders. Photo by Ashraf Amra