King Salman receives Yemeni president

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King Salman received Yemen's president at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah. (SPA)
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King Salman received Yemen's president at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah. (SPA)
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King Salman received Yemen's president at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 16 July 2018
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King Salman receives Yemeni president

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday in Jeddah. 

The meeting was attended by a number of provincial governors and other dignitaries.

Yemen’s army killed 35 Iran-backed Houthi militants in Al-Jouf province on Monday.

The army has also made strong gains in Houthi-held areas in Hodeidah province in recent days. 


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.