National Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz inspects the forces involved in serving this year’s Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 08 August 2019

National Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

  • The minister reviewed guard units and watched a performance of combat riots and displays of individual and collective skills

MAKKAH: Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inspected the forces involved in serving this year’s Hajj pilgrims.

Upon his arrival at the National Guard’s camp in Al-Sharai, Makkah, the minister reviewed guard units and watched a performance of combat riots and displays of individual and collective skills.

The prince also listened to explanations about the use of advanced equipment and mechanisms by the forces for specific tasks, and the duties of National Guard units in serving pilgrims in the Grand Mosque and the holy sites.

After that, he inspected the headquarters of the National Guard at the holy sites and was updated on the latest preparations and services provided to the pilgrims.

Prince Abdullah also visited Mina Field Hospital, affiliated to the Ministry of National Guard, and was told about the medical duties and services put in place by the National Guard Health Affairs for pilgrims.

He then toured the hospital’s inpatient departments, intensive care units, outpatient clinics, the quarantine unit, preventive medicine unit and infection control unit.

The minister stressed the need to provide for all eventualities in order to help pilgrims perform their rites easily and safely.

At the end of his visit, Prince Abdullah praised the government’s tremendous efforts in the service of pilgrims.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 16 min 33 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.