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Awqaf Ministry suspends 18 Hajj companies over death of 99 pilgrims

By JT - Jul 11,2024 - Last updated at Jul 11,2024

The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs on Wednesday announces the suspension of 18 Hajj and Umrah companies (JT file)

AMMAN — The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs on Wednesday announced the suspension of 18 Hajj and Umrah companies from all activities pending an investigation into their provision of Hajj services to holders of visitor visas to Saudi Arabia.

This decision came in response to a tragic incident announcement by the Foreign Ministry following the Hajj season, which revealed the deaths of 99 Jordanians who died of heat exhaustion while performing Hajj, suspected of having travelled with these companies.

In 2023, the ministry suspended three companies for two years, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. 

Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mohammed Khalaileh stressed that the ministry will revoke the licence of any company found to be involved in this matter.

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