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British Muslims express grief over the tragic death of Umrah pilgrims in road accident

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The Association of British Hujjaj (pilgrims) UK (ABH) – a national Hajj and Umrah specific welfare organisation expresses their deepest sorrow and sadness at the death of Umrah pilgrims who were travelling between Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia when their minibus carrying 12 passengers crashed.

The tragedy resulted in the death of seven Umrah pilgrims, six of whom were from the UK. A family of four from Manchester and a couple in their 60’s from Glasgow are among the ones to have passed away. A two-month-old baby is also understood to have been among the dead and two other children were injured.

“We are all shocked and extremely saddened by this tragic incident and on behalf of the British Muslim community, we would like to send our condolences and deepest sympathies to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased pilgrims. It is highly regrettable that a substantial number of innocent pilgrims are losing their lives in such terrible circumstances which can be prevented” said Khalid Pervez, General Secretary of the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK”

The journey of over 300 km between Makkah to Madinah takes more than 5 hours. The long distance driving in hot weather and lack of sleep and rest of the drivers can be lethal. These are considered as contributing factors of the tragic road accidents in the recent years in which a large number of pilgrims have lost their lives.

Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK strongly urges the relevant authorities in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to take emergency measures to prevent the loss of innocent pilgrims’ lives. Every effort should be made to make this journey safer for pilgrims by addressing the real cause of these tragic road accidents.

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