Mohamed Aissa: “Algerian Pilgrims Were Not Subjected To Hunger”

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The Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Mohamed Aissa said that the Algerian pilgrims in Arafat and Mina in Saudi Arabia never suffered from lack of food, but they were properly fed similarly to the other nationalities of pilgrims. He wondered why Algeria was insulted despite its excellent command of the running of this current Hajj season.

The Minister came out again to respond to a special issue on his Facebook page to all those who castigated the so-called "pilgrimage of dignity", as well as some reports that spoke of the suffering of Algerian pilgrims in Mina and Arafat with many of them being allegedly subjected to hunger.

The Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, who had previously responded to the leaked images of the pilgrims in the camps of Mina, said that the Algerian pilgrims were not there in paradise, stressing  that the unavoidable hardships faced in the camps with on focus the rise of Algerian pilgrims this year to 36,000 had been confirmed during his meeting with mission officials.

 The Hajj was successful in the words of Saudi Arabia's mission, and the 2017 pilgrimage was successful despite the difficulties encountered, notably due to the tightness of the camps in Mina and Arafat.

"Why all this warped criticism leveled by some shadowy circles of Algeria, regarding the running of the Hajj pilgrimage this year?", he hammered.

"I am not going to comment on this unfounded news," he said, describing the adverse comments as "insulting" to the dignity of the pilgrims and the a “blow” dealt to Algeria's brand image, the Minister added. 

"I would just reply with one question, if the food was not enough for the Algerian pilgrims in Arafat and Mina, why would each of their camps distributed heartily more than 600 extra meals to the pilgrims of the other nationalities?", Mr Aissa asserted in a solid argument to firmly refute these allegations.

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