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Flights between the two countries declined by 50%, particularly private Egyptian and Saudi flights
4,267 citizens underwent medical examinations in the past week during hajj
King Salman of Saudi Arabia has vowed to strike back at those who lead youths to extremism, a day after triple suicide attacks in the kingdom. “Islamic State” (IS) militants are being blamed for the bombings.
A man has blown himself up near the second holiest site in Islam. The attack in Medina follows similar blasts in Jeddah and Qatif.
Egypt was granted around 63,000 visas for pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina this year
Every year millions of Muslims go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to visit the cities of Mecca and Medina. The visit to the holy places that lay at the centre of the Muslim faith is a highlight in their spiritual life.
Manager of mosque has been previously apprehended for incitement