On Saturday 21st April, a coach carrying pilgrims in Saudi Arabia was involved in an accident. Four British people have died and 12 others have been hurt in a coach crash in Saudi Arabia, a travel firm says.
A spokesperson for CBHUK (The Council of British Hajjis) a national pilgrim welfare charity said “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have been affected by this tragic accident whilst on the Umrah pilgrimage to the holy lands. We have been in touch with the British Consulate in Jeddah who are providing on the ground consular support”.
HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf – the Saudi Ambassador to the UK has instructed his consular team at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia London to issue visas to the families of those affected to travel to Saudi Arabia.
Yasmin Qureshi MP chair of the recently formed All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hajj & Umrah said “I am really saddened to hear of the death of pilgrims. My prayers and thought for them and their family at this difficult time”.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said
“We are saddened to hear of the deaths of four British Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia following a major road collision between Makkah and Madinah. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and those injured. The distressed need the timely support provided by the Foreign Office and the Council of British Hajjis”.
A spokesperson for Licensed Hajj Organisers in the UK said “Our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this very tragic accident. LHO are ready to assist in any way possible”.
Anyone who needs further help or advice can contact us at CBHUK on 0845 833 4145 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 0207 008 1500.
Original news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43858389