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First Hajj Flight Departs from Kabul

KABUL (BNA) The country’s Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs said Saturday that the first flight carrying more than 786 Hajj pilgrims has departed to Saudi Arabia to take part in the holy ritual.

“Around 30,000 pilgrims from Afghanistan would visit Saudi Arabia to attend Hajj ceremony, this year,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has said the cost of each pilgrim had been counted as 340,000 Afghani (some 3,924 U.S. dollars) with the first flight that left Kabul today, Saturday.

The contract for transportation of Hajj pilgrims had been inked between the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs and Kam Air Company, with the ministry urging the airline to provide the best possible services to the pilgrims.

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