Defense Ministry backs security efforts for Hajj

Saudi armed forces march during a parade in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on August 13, 2018, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2018

Defense Ministry backs security efforts for Hajj

  • A number of Saudi ministries are coordinating to facilitate for pilgrims their prescribed rites

JEDDAH: The Defense Ministry, represented by the Saudi Royal Land Forces, is backing the Public Security Forces to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ safety and security.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Al-Asheikh, commander of the land forces’ military police, expressed their pride in serving pilgrims alongside other sectors, and said the land forces will supervise the Grand Mosque’s gates.
The crown prince’s directives require maximum effort to serve pilgrims and ensure their comfort and safety. There are highly trained units for crowd management, riot control and rapid intervention if necessary, he said.

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 59 min 32 sec ago

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.


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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies