Saudi Arabia Bans 300,000 Palestinians From Mecca

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(MEMO— Saudi Arabia issued new directives banning as much as 300,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from performing pilgrimage, Alarab.qa reported yesterday.

Reporting the Palestinian Establishment for Human Rights (Shahed), the Qatari information web site stated that Saudi Arabia stopped issuing visas for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who don’t maintain a Palestinian Authority (PA) passport.

Shahed reported journey brokers have been knowledgeable by the Saudi embassy in Lebanon to not settle for purposes from Palestinians who don’t have PA passports.

The rights group stated it was apprehensive concerning the “sudden” Saudi resolution, calling on Kingdom to determine its causes which have “harmful penalties” on the Palestinian refugees and their future.

Based on Alarab.qa, Shahed couldn’t attain officers on the Saudi embassy in Lebanon to get details about the problem, however stated the PA embassy in Beirut didn’t obtain official instructions on this regard.

Shahed stated the transfer provides additional burdens on Palestinian refugees because it restricts their freedom of motion and limits their likelihood of acquiring jobs within the Kingdom, along with stopping them from performing the Hajj.

It’s price mentioning that hundreds of Palestinians, who maintain Jordanian passports, have been banned from making use of for Hajj visas this yr.

Palestinians within the Gaza Strip have been prevented from performing Umrah because the Egyptian army coup in 2013 noticed the Rafah crossing on an nearly everlasting foundation.

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Posted by Middle East Monitor on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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