Safe prayers: Makkah promotes social distancing for worshippers

Worshippers observe proper distance while praying at the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Updated 26 April 2020

Safe prayers: Makkah promotes social distancing for worshippers

MAKKAH: Social distancing measures have been introduced for worshippers during Taraweeh prayers in the Grand Mosque.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques launched the measures as part of its strategy to combat coronavirus.

The move, which was implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Health, comes after King Salman approved the holding of Taraweeh prayers in the Two Holy Mosques while reducing them to five Taslims.

The Qur’an is to be read during the Tahajjud prayers with the continued suspension of the entry of worshippers.


Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

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Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon
  • Minister condemns 'destructive hegemony' of Hezbollah, which has history of storing explosive materials among civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called for a transparent and independent investigation into the Beirut explosion, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon. He described the explosion that killed more than 150 people as “horrific.”

Prince Faisal said strong state institutions that work for the interests of the Lebanese people are vital to the reform required to guarantee Lebanon's political and economic future.
“The continued destructive hegemony of the terrorist organization Hezbollah worries us all, and we all know this organization’s history of using explosive materials and storing them among civilians in several Arab and European countries and in north and south America.”
“Lebanon is in dire need of comprehensive and urgent political and economic reform to ensure that this terrible disaster will not occur again,” he said.

He added that four planes carrying Saudi aid have arrived in Beirut.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided 290 tons of medical equipment, food supplies and housing materials.

The conference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.