Border Guards foil attempts to smuggle hashish into Saudi Arabia

The Border Guards’ efforts in tracking drug smuggling networks resulted in thwarting several attempts to smuggle hashish in the southern border areas. (AN photo)
Updated 05 February 2018
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Border Guards foil attempts to smuggle hashish into Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards in the southern border region thwarted an attempt to smuggle 672 kg of hashish and arrested 35 smugglers.
The Border Guards’ spokesman, Col. Saher Al-Harbi, said that 23 of the arrested suspects were Ethiopians while 12 were Yemenis, and they made various attempts in the past 10 days to smuggle drugs into Saudi territory.
He pointed out that the Border Guards’ efforts in tracking drug smuggling networks resulted in thwarting several attempts to smuggle hashish in the southern border areas of Jazan, Najran, and Asir during the past week.
“The confiscated drugs and the suspects were duly referred to the appropriate authorities for further legal procedures,” he confirmed.
Al-Harbi also stressed that the Border Guards will continue to thwart all attempts to smuggle drugs and are determined to protect the Kingdom’s borders from anything that threatens its security, stability, and capabilities.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.