Stranded Hajj pilgrims will be airlifted today- Hajj Board

By Michael Abayateye
Stranded pilgrims

Spokesperson for the National Hajj Board, Abdulai Rahman Alhassan Gomda has allayed public fears that Muslim pilgrims due to fly to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage will not be able to make the journey.

His reaction follows a report that hundreds of prospective pilgrims embarking on this year’s Hajj are stranded in Tamale due to an emergency in the holiest city of Islam – Mecca.

Speaking to Citi News, the Spokesperson said, the difficulties have been dealt with and pilgrims will be airlifted before the end of today(Friday).

"We had few issues with our flight and destination and wanted to ensure that everything was fine before flying the pilgrims to Mecca,"he stated.

He added that they are currently receiving the indication that everything would be handled for pilgrims to have a smooth journey.

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"This is not something that cannot be handled and I can assure the public especially the pilgrims that they would certainly be airlifted today," he stated.

About 500 pilgrims were expected to fly from the Tamale International Airport Thursday evening but the flight was cancelled. 

The carrier, Saudi Arabia airlines was unable to lift the potential pilgrims on schedule to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia leaving them desperate and uncertain. 

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