One hundred and twenty young Saudis are performing Haj this year on behalf of Syrian martyrs, Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, supervisor of the Haj campaign for the Syrian martyrs, has said. The Saudi youth are part of the 450-strong contingent offering Haj on behalf of those who have laid down their lives in fighting against 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 the Kingdom for the Haj, Makkah daily cited the founder of the relief organization for the Syrian refugees as saying.
“These terrorists tried to come to the Kingdom to perform the Haj but we obstructed their attempts,” said Al-Nuaimi.
He said a total of 12,800 Syrians from Syria itself and other countries of refuge will be performing Haj this year.
He categorically refuted claims by the Syrian regime that the Kingdom had prevented the Syrian people from coming to Haj 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 Haj Ministry which is part of the illegitimate regime.
“The Kingdom has, therefore, refused to allow entry of any pilgrim coming through the Haj Ministry of the Syrian regime,” he said.
He said the Kingdom had only allowed entry to the pilgrims nominated by the Supreme Haj Committee of the National Coalition for the Syrian revolution and opposition forces.
Al-Nuaimi also refuted claims that the Kingdom had turned back a number of Syrian pilgrims after arriving at King Abdulaziz International Airport on the pretext that their passports were forged.
“These are untruthful rumors. The Saudi embassies abroad will stamp the visa on the valid passports only,” he said.
Al-Nuaimi said more than 2,000 Syrians who are in the Kingdom on visit visas have been given Haj permits by the concerned Saudi authorities. SAUDI GAZETTE