The parliamentarian in charge of the Algerian community settled abroad, Noureddine Belmaddah, addressed an urgent message to the Minister of Transport and Public Works Farouk Chiali, asking him to allocate “cargo” aircraft to transport the bodies of dead Algerians abroad who could be subject to cremation due to the absence of tombs for Muslims, stressing that this is an exceptional case to open the air traffic.
The parliamentarian Noureddine Belmdah, revealed that there are a large number of the bodies of Algerians who died abroad, and today they are liable, according to him, to cremation, due to the absence of tombs earmarked for Muslims in the municipalities in which they died, saying in a statement to “Echorouk”: “I conveyed a correspondence to the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Farouk Chiali, yesterday, urging him to intervene and allocate cargo transport aircraft to transport these bodies, especially as these aircraft operate normally and on a daily basis from several countries towards Algeria”.
Our interlocutor underlined that such a procedure would be an exceptional case until the normal air traffic that has been closed due to the spread of the Corona epidemic is re-opened, indicating that the people who died were not sick with the corona virus according to what was circulated, stressing that the majority of them were elderly people.
According to Belmeddah, the data that he received indicates the presence of a large number of dead bodies of Algerians, stating: “There are two bodies in North America, two bodies in Germany, three in Spain, two in Turkey, one in Italy and a large number of others in France”.
According to the parliamentarian, the current problem is that some of the bodies of these Algerians will be buried in a Christian cemetery, or they will be kept in the refrigerator in the services of preserving the bodies until they are cremated, since the municipality in which he died does not have an Islamic cemetery, adding that the municipality with an Islamic cemetery does not allow the burial of any Muslim who does not reside or has not died on its soil.
As a recall, the Union of Algerian Migrants overseas previously reported that there are more than 40 dead bodies now being stuck abroad with their relatives.