1.4m Haj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia so far

Over 1.4 million hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi

The last group of 8,812 Thai Hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia on 23 August 2017.

But as the boycott has now ended, 86,500 Iranians would be reciting "Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik" this year in Saudi Arabia.

Sending all pilgrims to Saudi Arabia became very much uncertain due to frequent cancellations of hajj flights of Biman due to shortage of pilgrims.

"Anyone who causes conflict and discord among Muslims ignores the blessing of harmony, imitates those who lived in ignorance (before Islam), harms his people and cheats his nation", Sheikh Saleh Mohammed al-Taleb told the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have flocked to Makkah from around the world to perform the Hajj next week.

The Saudi government set a quota of 1,27,198 people for Bangladesh for sending them to perform the annual ritual of Muslims this year.

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Some of the victims were transferred to hospitals in Jeddah, the director of the Saudi medical office for pilgrims, Dr Mohamed Ali, said in a press statement.

In 2016, Iranians did not take part in the pilgrimage after tensions between the two countries led to cutting off of diplomatic ties. Interestingly, India also mulled over reviving sea route to send pilgrims to Jeddah and the plan would likely be executed next year.

"As we received the approval, now all pilgrims can be transported to Jeddah without any hassle or suffering", he said.

The requirements for this year focused on Zika virus, dengue, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, polio and vaccination against seasonal influenza.

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