A pilgrim is greeted on her return to Fiji from Israel where a conflict is raging with Palestinian forces.
255 pilgrims land in Suva after charter flight brings them home from war-torn Israel.
An emotional ceremony has taken place in Fiji to welcome home 255 Fijian pilgrims from Israel.
A specially chartered flight brought the pilgrims who were in Israel when intense fighting between Israeli and Palestinian forces broke out. More than 2000 people have been killed so far in the conflict.
The Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka was there to greet the pilgrims when they arrived at Suva airport.
Amid the singing of hymns, Rabuka said:
"To all you pilgrims, welcome home as your safe return is a testament of our almighty God."
Also in Israel are a group of Tongan worshippers.
Major Kiu Kaho from the Tonga High Commission in London has arrived in Israel and been in touch with the 50 pilgrims.
He's now working on the immediate departure of the remaining Tongan citizens in Israel.