March 4, 2020 / 12:47 PM / a month ago

S.Arabia suspends Umrah pilgrimage for Saudi citizens, residents

DUBAI, March 4 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended Umrah pilgrimages to the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina for Saudi citizens and the kingdom’s other residents due to coronavirus concerns, the state news agency SPA said on Wednesday.

The decision will be reviewed regularly and reversed when the situation changes, SPA said, citing an official source in the Saudi interior ministry.

Reporting by Alaa Swilam Writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi Editing by Mark Heinrich

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