Stranded Filipino Haj pilgrims get assistance in Saudi Arabia.

PHOTO BY Philippine Embassy

Over 200 Filipino Haj pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia get aid

More than 200 Filipino Haj pilgrims stranded in Saudi Arabia have received aid, with some sent to hospitals in the Mina area, according to the Philippine Embassy on Thursday (June 29).

The Filipinos were stranded in Muzdalifah, near Makkah, after performing the Fajr prayer at the start of Eid Al Adha on Wednesday.

According to the embassy, at least 10 Filipinos were sent to hospitals for further treatment and have since been discharged. Chargé d’Affaires Rommel Romato said there were no fatalities.

Romato quoted the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos as saying that the rescued pilgrims have returned to their tents in Mina.

According to the embassy, a large number of people have gathered in Muzdalifah, a holy site where pilgrims spend the night before heading to Mina after the dawn prayer.

The embassy deployed a team to assist and rescue some Filipino pilgrims who were lost in the Mina area, a large tent city where Muslims cast stones at pillars.

“The Philippine Mission in Saudi Arabia, composed of the Embassy in Riyadh, Consulate and Office of the Hajj Attaché in Jeddah, were able to assist in the coordination of transport and emergency vehicles for the Filipino pilgrims as well as provided the pilgrims with food and water,” Romato said.

There are reportedly more than 7,200 Filipinos performing the Haj in Saudi Arabia this year. ICA/Expat Media

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