Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

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The department is raising safety awareness through broadcasts for residents and pilgrims on social media platforms and screens throughout the city.
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Fire safety and evacuation procedures have also been shown on TV at hotels in Makkah’s central area. (SPA)
Updated 20 May 2019
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Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

  • The department is raising safety awareness through broadcasts for residents and pilgrims on social media platforms and screens throughout the city

MAKKAH: Makkah’s Civil Defense has boosted its inspection program in the city as it works to ensure worshippers’ safety during Ramadan.
Lt. Col. Fawwaz bin Ibrahim Al-Zayidi, director of the safety department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah, said that more than 16,300 pilgrim and visitor facilities in the city have been inspected since the start of the year, with an average of 91 daily visits.
Inspection of facilities frequented by pilgrims and Makkah’s residents have been intensified since the start of Ramadan, he said.
The department’s safety work focuses on preventive supervision of facilities and issuing of licenses. A total of 5,755 licenses have been issued since the start of the year, including 635 licenses for hotels and furnished apartments, and 228 for restaurants.
Al-Zayidi said that more than 2,140 inspections have taken place, including hotels, furnished apartments, restaurants and several businesses.
The department is raising safety awareness through broadcasts for residents and pilgrims on social media platforms and screens throughout the city.
Fire safety and evacuation procedures have also been shown on TV at hotels in Makkah’s central area.


Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry to show Iranian weapons used in Aramco attacks

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Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry to show Iranian weapons used in Aramco attacks

  • Press conference sceduled for 5.30 p.m. Saudi time in Riyadh
  • Officials will show evidence on Iran’s involvement in the Aramco attacks

RIYADH: A Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman will hold a press conference on Wednesday to provide information about Saturday’s attack on Aramco.

The conference at 5.30 p.m. Saudi time (2.30 p.m. GMT) will show evidence on Iran’s involvement in the Aramco attacks. It will also show Iranian weapons that were used in the attacks.

Earlier, the Saudi ambassador to London said Iran was almost certainly behind the attacks on an oil processing facility and an oil field that cut the Kingdom’s oil production by half. 

The US has blamed Iran for the attacks and an official told Reuters that they originated in southwestern Iran and three said they involved cruise missiles and drones.

Iran-backed Houthi militants initially claimed they had carried out the attack from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is part of a coalition supporting government forces fighting the militia. 

*With Reuters