There is a crisis between Egypt and KSA that has not finished yet despite the official Saudi and Egyptian attempts to end it. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian Umrah pilgrims were stuck in the Jeddah airport for days till they returned back to Cairo to find their luggage lost in one most the chaotic scenes ever. For the first time since its inauguration the Jeddah airport witnesses a protest , an Egyptian protest like a mini million man protest in its lounge !!
To be honest when I see these protests , I know that the revolution made it.
Many Egyptians especially the pilgrims believe it was intentional action to punish the Egyptians for putting Mubarak on trial. Some pilgrims say the airport’s employees and officials insulted them because of the revolution and because of the Mubarak’s trial.It is worth to mention that this Ramadan Umrah many Egyptians including our family friends complained from how they were treated badly by some Saudis because of the Mubarak’s trial ‘You treat your old president bad !!’
Of course one must wonder how on earth and heaven such crisis happens when Saudi Arabia organizes even bigger event with millions of pilgrims from around the globe during the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land !! I just could not figure out to the level that I thought the Saudi officials decided to punish the Egyptians not for Mubarak but for that hashtag “Tal3omark”. “Tal3omark” was originally started by Saudi tweeps who were criticizing their own king , of course Egyptian tweeps found it a good opportunity and decided to have a party of their own. Other Saudi tweeps who supported the king and other Gulf tweeps who supported Saudi Arabia against those bad Egyptian who did not respect their father Mubarak. Needless to say it turned in to a pathetic race between the two teams. It started just before that crisis and of course I could be mistaken.
Saudi friends tell us that Jeddah airport and Saudi airlines got a bad record and we should not be surprised , I do not know if it is administrative chaos or what for real.
As usual the Saudi Ambassador Ahmed El Qatan denied that this had got anything with politics and the Mubarak trial not to mention he put the blame on the Egyptians despite other Saudi officials blamed Jeddah airport and the Saudi Airlines.
Added to the humiliation the Egyptian pilgrims faced , we found out an Egyptian engineer called Hamed Mohamed Ali whose nickname Hamza was detained by the Saudi authorities at the Jeddah airport where he was last seen heading with officers to the Saudi ministry of interior !! Up till now there is no official explanation what so ever from the Saudi authorities regarding that man as if he is not a human at all. We do not know why he is being detained and his family knows nothing about him. Sadly enough his wedding was supposed to be next Friday. Hamed Mohamed can be considered from the Islamist Salafist in Egypt. I do not know and I am not sure if he has got a political activity or not but he knows Asmaa Mahfouz according to his twitter account. I do not understand how a person is being detained in another country already and his embassy does not move a muscle.
Many Egyptians are demanding an official apology from the airport and Saudi airlines Now Egyptians had a small protest in front of the embassy yesterday for the same demands.
The crisis has not ended yet.