Qatar hits out at Saudi's restrictions on Haj flights

25 August, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Emirates has revealed plans to operate extra flights to Jeddah to help facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading for Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

Makkah that draws millions of pilgrims on regular basis is considered one of the holiest cities in Islam.

The Amirul Hajj said that the pilgrims would continue to pray for the unity and peace of the country. "Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh al-Jasser has said that the airline has thus far been unable to schedule flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha", it added.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabian Airlines said that it has not been able to schedule flights from Doha's Hamad International Airport.

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An official source in the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority on Monday "described as baseless the news. that allegedly claimed that the state of Qatar refused to allow Saudi Airlines to transport the Qatari pilgrims", according to a report carried on the state-run QNA news agency. Qatar denies the allegation.

Last week, Riyadh announced that it would open its borders with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims' access to Mecca to observe their Hajj rituals.

"Given the continued involvement of the state of Qatar in the attempts at the destabilisation of Chad from Libya, the government has decided on the closure of the embassy and the departure of the ambassador and diplomatic personnel from national territory", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Saudi-led embargo has had an economic impact on Qatar.

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