Around 300 Syrian pilgrims were flown by Saudi Airlines to Jeddah after the Kingdom facilitated their visa procedures in Beirut, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
To help transport the Syrian pilgrims, the Saudi national carrier added one more flight to its schedule, which initially ended Monday to bring the pilgrims to Jeddah before the start of Eid al-Adha on Friday, The Beirut-based The Daily Star reported.
Saudi Arabia has closed its embassy in Damascus in March after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime accused the Kingdom of providing arms and funds for “terrorist gangs.” Damascus has long-called anti-Assad fighters as “terrorists.”
According to the newspaper, Wednesday’s plane has transported 353 pilgrims including 300 Syrians, seven Lebanese and 20 children.
Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz ordered embassies in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to grant visas for Syrians wishing to take part in the Muslim pilgrimage.