Saudi group performs hajj on behalf of Syria ‘martyrs’

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat, near the holy city of Makkah on Oct. 2, 2014.

Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat, near the holy city of Makkah on Oct. 2, 2014.

One hundred and twenty young Saudis are performing hajj this year on behalf of Syrians who died fighting the Damascus regime, Mohammad al-Nuaimi, supervisor of the “hajj campaign for Syrian martyrs,” has said.

The Saudi youth are part of the 450-strong contingent offering hajj on behalf of those who have laid down their lives in fighting the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad, al-Nuaimi was quoted by Makkah daily as saying.

About 100 Syrian extremists have been barred from entering Saudi Arabia for the hajj, Makkah daily, citing the founder of the relief organization for Syrian refugees, reported.

“These terrorists tried to come to the Kingdom to perform the hajj but we obstructed their attempts,” said al-Nuaimi.

He said a total of 12,800 Syrians from Syria itself and other countries of refuge would be performing hajj this year.

He also categorically refuted claims by the Syrian regime that the kingdom had prevented the Syrian people from coming to hajj this year.

“These are baseless claims which the regime has been circulating on its media tools,” he added.

Al-Nuaimi, however, made it clear that Saudi Arabia has refused to have any direct dealings with the Syrian Hajj Ministry which he accused of being part of the “illegitimate” regime.

 
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