Saudi Arabia grants “stranded” Gaza pilgrims a 6-month residency permit. Saudi sources said that the step came in light of the continuing Israeli aggression on Gaza and the impossibility of Umrah pilgrims leaving the Strip.

The number of Palestinian residents of Gaza stranded in Saudi Arabia is approximately 400 people. Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands martyred and injured, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data.