First return flight of Tunisian pilgrims lands after 12-hour delay
19/08/2019 13:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The first plane carrying pilgrims back from the Holy Places landed on Sunday night at Tunis-Carthage airport with a 12-hour delay as it was initially scheduled to land at 7 a.m.

"A technical breakdown might be behind the delay," Religious Affairs Minister Ahmed Adhoum told TAP. Causes will be investigated after contacts with the Transport Minister and different stakeholders.

Adhoum called "excellent" the pilgrimage season in comparison with previous seasons. Needed support and services were provided by the medical team, companions and Saudi authorities to Tunisian pilgrims.

Four Tunisian pilgrims died in the Holy Places (3 men and one woman), the minister said. A 500-member delegation (medical, administrative, religious guidance staff) accompanied this year's pilgrims.

The last flight back to Tunisia is set for August 27.

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