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Saudi Arabia allows 200 Qataris into Mecca for Umrah pilgrimage

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Salwa border crossing customs has completed the procedures of 206 pilgrims coming from Qatar heading toward Mecca, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent has reported.

The Director General of Customs at Salwa border crossing, Othman al-Ghamdi, said that about 800 trucks were crossing the port daily to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ghamdi told to Al Arabiya that entry and exit procedures are in accordance with the decision of Saudi Arabia to sever ties with Qatar.

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He pointed out that Qatar imported more than 50 percent of cement from Saudi Arabia and more than 40 percent of fi valued at 310 million dollars annually. Qatar also has $ 178 million worth of vegetables and $416 million worth of livestock that cross over from Saudi Arabia, which will have a major impact on its economy. Saudi Arabia’s economy will not be affected by the closure of the land borders since it relies on exporting its surplus needs to the Saudi market.

Saudi Arabia exempted pilgrims coming from Doha to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah from the recent decision to close the borders with Qatar after severing all ties on Monday.