The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) has suspended airlifting of the second batch of intending pilgrims to Israel due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian resistance group.
The board’s secretary, Mrs Florence Gbafe, announced the suspension in a statement on Monday.
Gbafe said the decision resulted from a keen observation of security situations in Israel.
Over 1,000 people have been killed on both sides after Hamas’ Saturday attack and a reprisal by the Israeli forces.
Another batch of pilgrims was scheduled to be airlifted to Israel on Tuesday, October 10.
According to her, the LSCPWB and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) will announce a new date for the airlifting of the second batch of intending pilgrims in due course.
She said the board regretted any inconvenience the suspension might cause, adding that the intending pilgrims would be duly informed of developments about their journey to the Holy Land.
“To all on the second batch of pilgrimage to Israel, kindly note that the pilgrimage is now on hold due to the war situation in Israel. Further information will be communicated as and when due, please,” she said.