Saudi Arabia welcomes 25,000 Yemeni Hajj pilgrims

An aerial view shows Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)

The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, said that authorities have completed procedures to facilitate this year’s Hajj pilgrimage of 25,000 Yemenis from all governorates, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Yemeni Minister of Religious Affairs (Awqaf), Ahmed Attiya, said that Saudi Arabia will receive the pilgrims though al-Wadeaa border, the only land link between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He also added that all transport, nutrition, housing and visa arrangements are already completed.

“This year, some 25,000 Yemeni pilgrims will arrive from all areas of Yemen, whether they come from areas under the legitimate forces or other areas under the control of the Houthi Militias”, Attiya said.

Attiya thanked the leadership of Saudi Arabia, and called for Yemeni pilgrims to abandon all political differences beyond the borders and focus on Hajj rituals instead.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52