Saudi force comes out fighting in joint ‘Bright Star’ drill

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Saudi Arabian forces have joined the 2018 Bright Star exercise along with military units from the US, Egypt, Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces have joined the 2018 Bright Star exercise along with military units from the US, Egypt, Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces have joined the 2018 Bright Star exercise along with military units from the US, Egypt, Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces have joined the 2018 Bright Star exercise along with military units from the US, Egypt, Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces have joined the 2018 Bright Star exercise along with military units from the US, Egypt, Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2018

Saudi force comes out fighting in joint ‘Bright Star’ drill

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian forces have joined a US-Egyptian Bright Star exercise along with military units from Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France.
Observers from 16 other countries will monitor the exercise in Egypt, which is designed to strengthen military and security cooperation among the participating countries.
Col. Nasser bin Hatlin Al-Suhaimi, commanding officer of the Saudi force, said Saudi armed forces followed a pre-training curriculum to prepare for the joint exercise.
Al-Suhaimi said preparation for the Bright Star exercise included “integrated scenarios to unify the military concepts.”
Exercises included anti-terrorism operations, and fighting techniques on land and sea. Live ammunition was used in some drills.
Paratroopers and special security forces units have been assigned to carry out a number of major operational duties, including fighting in built-up areas, combating terrorism, piracy and air landings.


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.