King orders high alert to fight terror

Updated 28 June 2014
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King orders high alert to fight terror

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the Kingdom against potential "terrorist threats," a Royal Court statement said Thursday.
The king gave the order after chairing a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss fallout from developments in neighboring Iraq.
“Concerned for the Kingdom’s national security against any measures that terrorist organizations or any other groups might resort to, that could destabilize security of the homeland, he (the king) has ordered all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its stability, and the security of the Saudi people," the statement said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry had talks on Thursday with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE as part of frenetic diplomacy to tackle militants threatening to tear apart Iraq.
“Iraq, obviously, is one of the predominant points, the move of ISIL concerns every single country here,” Kerry told reporters before the meeting at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. “In addition to that, we have an ongoing crisis in Syria, where ISIL is also involved.”
The militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has spearheaded a lightning advance through Iraq and — aided by other militants, tribal leaders and remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party — seized large swathes of the country this month.


More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

Some of the volunteers check their assignments before being deployed in different parts of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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More than 100 volunteers support Makkah’s Civil Defense

JEDDAH: More than a hundred men and women have signed up to render volunteer service in support of the Civil Defense Department inside the Grand Mosque of Makkah for the duration of Ramadan.

The volunteers have been trained to help carry out tasks such as first aid, transporting the injured, and assisting the elderly or whoever needs help while at the Grand Mosque.

Work is being done through two teams, Al-Salaam and Sa’ed, and the volunteers are divided into several domains across eight locations inside the mosque.

“The Civil Defense is working with the concerned authorities to serve the visitors of the Grand Mosque since they arrive at its borders in Makkah and until they are inside,” said Makkah Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan.

Volunteers are tapped to help the Civil Defense Department  during the Ramadan and Hajj seasons when the number of pilgrims and visitors to Makkah swell.