Friday, October 9, 2009

Tunisia suspends hajj because of swine flu

Tunisia on Tuesday announced the suspension of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca because of the risk of the spread of swine flu and the impossibility of vaccinating candidates by mid-November.
Minister of Religious Affairs Boubaker Akhzouri announced that the hajj had been postponed in order
"to preserve human life." Vaccines ordered by Tunisia will not arrive until the end of October and Saudi Arabia has announced that it will only give hajj visas two weeks after the immunisation of the would-be pilgrim, Akhzouri said....

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