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Thousands of pilgrims stranded in Saudi

Nearly 8,000 Egyptian pilgrims stuck in Jeddah with not enough planes to fly them home.

Nearly 8,000 Egyptian pilgrims have been stranded in Saudi Arabia because there are no planes available to fly them home.

The pilgrims had arrived on different flights for the omra pilgrimage with private Egyptian carrier Alexandria Airlines, according to a report by news agency MENA picked up by AFP.

However, following the pilgrimage a backlog of passengers formed at Jeddah. An airport source in Egypt told MENA the pilgrims wanted to return home quickly for the start of Eid al-Fitr which began Saturday. According to the source Egypt Air has been charged by the Saudi civil aviation authorities with ensuring the pilgrims are flown home in the coming days.

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