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First batch of Burkinabe Hajj pilgrims leave August 17

The first flight for the 2017 Hajj pilgrims from Burkina Faso to Mecca this year is scheduled for August 17, APA learned on Monday from the Ministry of Territorial Administration.The return flights will begin on September 19, 2017.

As of Monday, 7,490 are already registered through travel agencies, and the Saudi Flynas Airline will transport the Burkinabe pilgrims.
This year, the quota of Burkinabe pilgrims has jumped from 5,500 to 8,143, representing a 48-percent increase, or 2,643 visas, which is the result of tough negotiations conducted by the government with Saudi Arabia.
For this year’s Hajj, the cost in Burkina Faso is 2,171,720 CFA francs, slightly less than the cost last year.

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