Pilgrims crammed in Aqaba due to shortage of ferries

A shortage of ferries has created congestion in Jordan's port of Aqaba as thousands of Egyptian pilgrims return from the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Mohamed Abdu, a returning pilgrim, said he spent two nights in Aqaba since there were no ferries.

“There was mistreatment by Jordanian authorities and the Arab Bridge Maritime Company," he said, referring to the company that operates ferries between Jordan and Egypt.

Major General Khaled Fouda, South Sinai governor, greeted the fourth group of 2000 pilgrims arriving at the Nuweiba seaport Tuesday.

Fouda gave flowers to the returnees and listened to their complaints about the congestion and disorganization in Aqaba.

A total of 6000 out of the expected 11,000 pilgrims have arrived in Nuweiba.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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