More than a million ‘sacrificial’ animals ready for Hajj

A Saudi man shops for sheep at a livestock market in the southwestern province of Jazan. More than 1 million livestock are expected to be butchered for sacrifice for this year’s Hajj pilgrims. (SPA file photo)
Updated 08 August 2019

More than a million ‘sacrificial’ animals ready for Hajj

MAKKAH: More than 1 million livestock have been readied for meat sacrifice to cater for this year’s Hajj pilgrims, Saudi officials have announced.

And an army of more than 40,000 operators, technicians and supervisors will be working around the clock to meet the demand of worshippers, said Dr. Bandar Al-Hajjar, chairman of both the Islamic Development Bank Group and the committee overseeing the project.

Meanwhile, the Saudi General Authority for Statistics revealed figures showing 30,908 individuals (8,685 of them women) would be employed in providing health and emergency services during Hajj. These included workers for the Ministry of Health, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority as well as those providing health services from the security and military sectors.

The total number of medical and ambulance personnel employed during the Hajj season was put at 1,141, and the authority said that health, therapeutic, preventive and ambulance services for pilgrims would be provided free by the Ministry of Health through specialized teams of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and administrators with a staff of more than 27,797. SPA Jeddah

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has also allocated 132 temporary relief centers, 370 ambulances, 20 bicycles and 2,811 people for emergency teams and manpower in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites to cover all medical and emergency services for pilgrims.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority, with a staff of 300, will be responsible for supervising food, medicines, medical devices and products being brought by pilgrims and Hajj missions.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.