Arab pilgrim commits suicide at Grand Mosque

 in Makkah



An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday morning. (Shutterstock)
Updated 24 August 2018
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Arab pilgrim commits suicide at Grand Mosque

 in Makkah

  • An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque
  • Security authorities are investigating the incident

JEDDAH: 

An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday morning, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


“Two other pilgrims who were wounded in the incident are in a stable condition in hospital,” said Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri, spokesman for the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
Security authorities are investigating the incident, he added.


It is not the first such incident. In June, a Frenchman committed suicide at the Grand Mosque.
And last year, a Saudi tried to set himself on fire in front of the Kaaba — the square stone building at the center of the mosque compound — but was stopped by security forces.
Islam, like other monotheistic religions, prohibits suicide.


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.