Over 1.3 million Haj pilgrims transported to holy sites
Muslim pilgrims leave after the afternoon prayer in Mecca's Grand Mosque. (Image credit: AFP)
Arab News reports that about 1.325 million Haj pilgrims were transported to the holy sites on Friday.
The ascending (taseed) and descending (nafra) committee had completed preparations to execute the plan for pilgrims moving to holy sites following instructions of Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar.
Pilgrims ascend to Mina as per a plan that guarantees all pilgrims who want to spend the night there are able to do so easily and without delays. The buses transporting them are provided with guides who will deliver the pilgrims to their camps.
Marwan Zubaidi, the syndicate’s secretary-general and spokesman, said the shuttle bus service covers 563,000 pilgrims from Turkey, Europe, southeastern Asia, non-Arab Africa and Iran. The regular bus service is part of a huge management operation that serves South Asian and Arab pilgrims that number 750,000.
About 500 buses are stationed in Arafat to assist in case of delays.
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