Some 25,000 Turkish citizens will be brought to Turkey from abroad in order for them to spend the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the subsequent Eid al-Fitr at home.
Vice President Fuat Oktay said that Turkish citizens from 59 countries will be brought to the country, adding that some 25,000 were also brought to Turkey in the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
According to Oktay, the transfer was ordered by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and is carried out in cooperation with the interior, foreign, transport and infrastructure, health and youth and sports ministries, as well as the related governor's offices.Muslims should still fast during Ramadan despite coronavirus, says Turkey's top religious body
"Our aim is to make sure that our citizens can embrace their loved ones during Eid al-Fitr," Oktay said on April 17.
Ramadan is due to start on April 24 and end on May 23.
On April 14, Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) said that Muslims should fast during Ramadan regardless of the pandemic.