Saudi anti-terror laws ‘model for the world’

Updated 21 March 2014

Saudi anti-terror laws ‘model for the world’

The Islamic University in Madinah will hold a conference next month to discuss the Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws and regulations, including the effectiveness of its public awareness programs and education system.
The conference is entitled “Combating Terrorism: Intellectual Reviews and Practical Solutions,” and will be held on April 22 and 23.
Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, director of the university, thanked the Saudi leadership for supporting the event, including Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Al-Sanad said the Kingdom has developed anti-terror legislation that could serve as a model for the rest of the world.
The conference delegates would discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ongoing efforts, chances of success, the risks surrounding each approach, and how they fit into Islamic teachings, said Al-Sanad.
The conference is divided into four sessions. The first session will look at the confusion among some people about terrorism and jihad, and how they challenge the legitimacy of the state.
The second session, entitled “Improving Intellectual Management,” will explore the use of advocacy efforts including the Friday sermon. Participants will also evaluate intellectual security programs, and the country’s educational system.
The third session will look at ways to counter organizations that run terror organizations, including how to enhance communication with such bodies.
The fourth session will look at theories and methods for current situations, such as the legitimacy of fatwas, the development of dialogue, use of the media, and ways to educate members of the public in their homes, workplaces, schools and mosques.

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.


280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.