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Stranded pilgrims will make it for Saudi Arabia - Hajj Board

Stranded pilgrims will make it for Saudi Arabia - Hajj Board”

The original fight for the stranded pilgrims was scheduled for 8:30 pm on Thursday, August 10.

The first batch of Muslims on the Hajj Pilgrimage from Ghana was airlifted Friday evening to the holy land of Mecca.

The Public Relations Officer of the board Abdulai Rahman Alhassan Gomdah explained to Citi News that the delay was from the airline's end.

It follows the failure of the aircraft that was supposed to airlift them from the Tamale International Airport to Saudi Arabia to show up.

The Hajj Board has been experiencing a déjà vu of scheduled flights not showing up, pilgrims not knowing when they would be airlifted, visa issues for pilgrims as well as some pilgrims being left behind. "Definitely they will be leaving today, otherwise the Vice President wouldn't have been waiting, he's still waiting in Tamale". "He is still waiting in Tamale".

Ahead of their departure, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, visited the Hajj Village in Tamale on Thursday to interact with the pilgrims pledging government's commitment to ensure an incident-free hajj this year.

In all, about 3500 pilgrims will be flown from the Tamale Airport to Saudi Arabia to partake in the religious event, which marks the five pillars of Islam.



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