| 10 December 2023, Sunday |

Hamas senior officials perform Umrah in first such visit to Saudi Arabia since 2015

In their first trip to the Kingdom since 2015, a delegation from the Palestinian militant organization Hamas did Umrah on Tuesday.

Social media users posted videos of leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca.

The Hamas delegation reportedly arrived in the Kingdom on Monday.

The delegation’s visit to Saudi Arabia is the first since 2015, when Meshaal performed Umrah. He also met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz during his visit.

This recent visit coincides with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to the Kingdom.

Abbas met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday to discuss recent developments of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

  • alarabiya