First group of Bangladeshi Hajis arrives

Updated 10 September 2013
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First group of Bangladeshi Hajis arrives

The first group of 419 Bangladeshi pilgrims arrived at the Haj Terminal in Jeddah on Saturday.
They were welcomed by Bangladesh Ambassador Mohammed Shahidul Islam, Consul General Mohammed Nazmul Islam and Haj Consul Mohammed Asaduzzaman. Around 100,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year. The first group was ferried by the country’s national carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, from Dhaka.
Abdullah Muhammad Mirghalani, Haj director-general at the Ministry of Haj's Jeddah office, and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present to greet the pilgrims.
Ambassador Islam asked pilgrims to follow local rules and regulations during their stay in Makkah and Madinah.
Islam said Biman and Saudi Arabian Airlines would transport Bangladeshi pilgrims this year. “There will be a total of 170 flights operated the two airlines,” he said, adding that the last flight carrying Bangladeshi Hajis would arrive on Oct. 9. Around 1,500 pilgrims will perform the annual pilgrimage under the management of the Dhaka government.
Islam said that a special administrative Haj delegation from the government had arrived in Jeddah prior to the arrival of the first group of pilgrims.
This year, Haj will cost Bangladeshi pilgrims around 300,000 takas (SR 14,524) under government management, while it will cost a minimum of 250,000 takas (about SR12,103) under private arrangements.
The package covers travel, meals and accommodation in both cities, he said, adding that other pilgrims would travel through accredited Haj operators.
Private travel operators offer a variety of packages for pilgrims. Accommodation in star-rated hotels cost pilgrims much more than the amount stipulated by the government, he said.
A medical team comprising 150 medics and paramedics will also arrive with the administrative delegation. “They will man Bangladeshi Haj clinics in Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah and at the Haj terminal,” Islam said.
The consul general said that his mission would operate administrative offices in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah to assist pilgrims. “We have hired a computer company to maintain a database for pilgrims so that they can be easily tracked down by relatives or friends,” Islam said.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.