SAUDI ARABIA HAS 100,000 AIR-CONDITIONED TENTS READY, BUT WILL TAKE NO REFUGEES
The big Gulf oil kingdoms refuse to take any Syrian refugees, even though they are much closer to the war zone than Europe, and passage to the Gulf would be far less hazardous than risking death in overcrowded boats on the Mediterranean.
It is especially galling because the rich Gulf governments have more than enough resources to pitch in. Saudi Arabia, for example, has a city of 100,000 air-conditioned tents standing empty, with capacity to hold 3 million people.
“The 20 square km tent city of Mina is used for five days each year by Hajj pilgrims, and deserted for the rest of the time,” reports the TeleSUR news network. “The neatly arranged campsite is made up of eight-by-eight meter fire-proof tents, with kitchen and bathroom facilities.”
The Hajj is the ritual Islamic pilgrimage to
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