Jerusalem, 17 March 1999

4,000 Muslims on Hajj

(Communicated by the Interior Ministry Spokeswoman)

The Interior Ministry today (Wednesday) 17.3.99, has announced that, as in previous years, the Ministry has processed the requests of Muslims seeking approval to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This year, 4,000 Muslims made the journey to Mecca.

The Muslim pilgrims are expected to return to Israel during the first week of April, after the Id al-Adha holiday.