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Last batch of Hajj Pilgrims fly out from Tamale International Airport

The fourth and final batch of Muslim pilgrims have been flown from the Hajj village at the Tamale International Airport for the pilgrimage in Mecca.

The departure brings the number of pilgrims to have been ferried to the Holy Land to 1,732 from the five regions of the north.

Several prospective pilgrims couldn’t join the last flight at the Tamale International Airport on Wednesday June 22, 2022 to Madina due to some issues surrounding their travel documents.

The Deputy Communications Officer of the Hajj Board, Alhaji Haruna Illiasu, told that the unfortunate development occurred as a result of last-minute submission of documents by some of the prospective pilgrims. He added that, some of the pilgrims who were said to have been left stranded at the Hajj village in Tamale could not renew their passports early enough thus unable to secure the required visas for them to travel for their year hajj.

Meanwhile Alhaji Faruck Hamza who is the Hajj Board’s Finance Officer, commenting on the issue on the Diamond Power Drive on Thursday June 23, 2022 assured the stranded pilgrims that they will be in the first flight from the Kotoka International Airport scheduled for June 30, 2022.

He indicated that a total of 1,337 pilgrims are expected to fly directly from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra to Madina from June 30th to July 2, 2022.

This year’s Hajj rites is expected to begin in early July 2022 and end on the 8th or 9th July 2022.

Ghana has a total of Seven flights, ferrying about 3,069 pilgrims to the Holy Land of Mecca this year.

The first batch of pilgrims flew out on June 20, 2022.

Story By: Alhassan Yakubu

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