Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

An aerial view shows King Abdullah Finance City and the northern ring road which remains empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 26 May 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

  • The Kingdom also reported 2,235 new COVID-19 cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded nine new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the health ministry said.
The total death toll in Saudi Arabia since the pandemic began is now 399.
The ministry also said 2,235 new cases have been discovered, bringing the total number of cases to 74,795.
The cities that saw the most cases were Riyadh with 765, then Makkah with 416, and Jeddah with 350.
The health ministry also said that 2,148 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of patients who have recovered to 45,668.
More than five million people have been infected with the virus globally and almost 350,000 have died.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.