1.5mn pilgrims depart, about 271,000 remain

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The ministry said 1,472,430 pilgrims have left by air, 94,253 by land and 17,082 by sea through Jeddah Islamic Seaport. — Courtesy photo

By Abdullah Al-Dahhas

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

MAKKAH —
About 1.5 million foreign pilgrims have left for their respective homes while as many as 271,910 still remain in the Kingdom, according to the Ministry of Haj and Umrah.

The ministry said a total of 233,827 pilgrims are still remaining in Madinah to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and pray at his mosque while 38,083 are staying in Makkah.

The ministry said 1,472,430 pilgrims have left by air, 94,253 by land and 17,082 by sea through Jeddah Islamic Seaport.

According to the ministry, 982,398 pilgrims have left via King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, 487,162 through Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah and 1,508 via Taif airport.

All foreign pilgrims should leave the Kingdom by Muharram 15 (Sept. 14) when the Haj will be officially declared over.

The ministry said it has already started making preparations for next year's Haj.


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