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Ministry affirms 808 Indonesian Jamaah Tabligh members stranded abroad

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Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry recorded 1,165 members of the Jamaah Tabligh congregation from Indonesia spread across 13 countries, of which 357 have returned home, while 808 others remain stranded amid the global new coronavirus disease pandemic. The Indonesian representative offices facilitated the return of those Jamaah Islamiyah members, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry's Director for the Protection of Citizens and Legal Entities Overseas, Judha Nugraha, stated as quoted by Antara. Some of the returnees were flown back home from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Moroco, Kuwait, and Thailand, while those who have yet to return to Indonesia remain quarantined in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures, or tried at court, he informed journalists here on Wednesday.

The Jamaah Tabligh members are viewed as one of the clusters receiving protection for Indonesian citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 19, the Indonesian government has facilitated the return of 99,543 Indonesian citizens from abroad, most of whom are Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia and Indonesian sailors working for foreign cruise ships//Ant

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