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BANGKOK - Thai Muslims on a once-in-a-lifetime haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia prepared to leave Bangkok's besieged international airport yesterday, six days after they were stranded by anti-government protests.
The final group of 460 pilgrims, who had slept in the Suvarnabhumi airport, were relieved their ordeal was nearly over.
"We are leaving today, finally, inshallah (God willing)," said Yusuf Waedaramae, 33, a Thai living in Australia.
On Tuesday members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) stormed the airport, stepping up their fight to unseat the government.
Suvarnabhumi and another older airport, Don Muang, have been shut, leaving tour-ists stranded and threatening a further blow to the economy.
The PAD group were from Thailand's deep south, home to most of the Thailand's six million Muslims. The region has endured a five-year separatist insurgency that has also hurt tourism and the economy.
Yesterday the pilgrims were told they would be driven by bus to U-Tapao, 150km east of Bangkok, where airlines are picking up stranded travellers.
Islam requires all able-bodied Muslims to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once if they can afford it.
The cut-off date this year is tomorrow. - Reuters