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Nigerian pilgrims may be denied passage

Twenty-eight thousand Nigerian pilgrims who were supposed to arrive in Israel in the upcoming months will have to find alternative carriers, after the Transportation Ministry’s security department barred El Al from flying to the country’s capital Abuja for fear of terrorist threats.

According to Rafi Ben Hur, a senior deputy director-general at the Tourism Ministry, the pilgrims were scheduled to fly on El Al chartered planes leased to a local airline in a series of flights between November to January.