Praise for Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah over arrangements for Syrian pilgrims

In this file photo, Syrian Muslim pilgrims gather at a hotel lobby near Mecca's Grand Mosque. (AFP)
Updated 30 June 2018

Praise for Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah over arrangements for Syrian pilgrims

  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed an announcement by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah that arrangements have been made for about 18,000 pilgrims from Syria to attend Hajj in Makkah, Madinah and other holy places.
  • About 2 million people from more than 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s Hajj, which is likely to begin on August 19.

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed an announcement by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah that arrangements have been made for about 18,000 pilgrims from Syria to attend Hajj in Makkah, Madinah and other holy places, accompaned by 850 medical and administrative staff.
OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen said the efforts of the Saudi government to facilitate pilgrimage and provide access to holy sites for all Muslims without discrimination was no surprise to the Syrian pilgrims, or anyone else, as it is a principle the Kingdom has consistently followed since its establishment.
He also praised the ministry for finalizing arrangements for the pilgrimage. About 2 million people from more than 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s Hajj, which is likely to begin on August 19.


Saudi Health Ministry announces 1,257 new coronavirus cases

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi Health Ministry announces 1,257 new coronavirus cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,257 new coronavirus cases and 32 new fatalities from the disease.

The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 289,947. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 3,199. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 88 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 65 reported in Dammam and 63 in al-Hafouf.

There have been a further 1,439 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 253,478