Saudi arrests 244 for illegally entering pilgrim site

Public Security inspecting measures in Mina. (SPA)
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Updated 29 July 2020

Saudi arrests 244 for illegally entering pilgrim site

  • Nearly 1,000 people will participate in Hajj this year
  • Number of pilgrims was limited to curb the spread of coronavirus

DUBAI: Hajj security forces arrested 244 people trying to enter the holy sites illegally, state news agency SPA reported.
“The security men have created a tight security cordon in and around the holy sites to enforce these regulations and catch the violators,” a security spokesman said as he urged people to avoid entering the holy premises without a permit.
Approximately 1,000 pilgrims will converge on the Mina Valley outside Makkah on Wednesday to begin their spiritual journey, in comparison to almost 2.5 million in 2019.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced in June that it was severely limiting the number of pilgrims this year to preserve global public health in the face of the ongoing coronavirus threat.


OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2020

OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

  • The attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday condemned a Houthi drone attack targeted toward Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-backed Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen intercepted and shot down a bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle launched by the Iranian-backed militia group on Thursday.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen called for the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement while condemning the Houthis’ continued use of Hodeidah governorate as a staging point for the launch of terrorist operations involving ballistic missiles and drones.

He said the attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, urged the international community to take a decisive stance against the Iranian regime which, he said, intentionally contravened UN Security Council resolutions by providing the Houthis with weapons and advanced military technology to target neighboring countries.