Pilgrims safely end Hajj journey

A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on July 31, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 August 2020

Pilgrims safely end Hajj journey

  • Pilgrims perform final Kaaba ritual in Makkah’s Grand Mosque

JEDDAH: Pilgrims safely performed the last stoning ritual on Jamarat Bridge in Mina on Sunday before moving back to Makkah’s Grand Mosque to complete their Hajj with the last circumambulation of the Kaaba known as “Farewell Tawaf.”

The ritual is complete when worshippers walk seven times around the Kaaba, marking the end of the Hajj season.

Pilgrims entered the Grand Mosque via designated doors and were required to follow marked paths to keep a safe distance between each other.

Meanwhile, the ministry confirmed that there have been no reports of coronavirus infections among pilgrims at the holy sites of Hajj on the fifth day of the pilgrimage.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat said that after the Hajj rituals were over, the pilgrims would undergo a medical examination.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 278,835.

Pilgrims underwent seven days of home isolation before they began their Hajj journey, and will again be under home isolation after Hajj is complete.

Saudi authorities implemented strict precautions this year to ensure a safe Hajj season. “There was a detailed plan for each step pilgrims take; the main focus was how to effectively apply medical precautions and preventive measures,” Mashat said.

“By taking all these preventive measures and great efforts, the Kingdom sends the message that human health is its top priority,” he said.

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The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom reached 240,081

Bashir Fadlallah Al-Faeq, who is from the Central African Republic, expressed his gratitude at being able to participate in this year’s exceptional Hajj season. “I feel safe and confident with the amazing and wonderful preventive measures taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the pandemic.”

The Saudi Public Security confirmed that no one was able to enter the holy sites without permission, noting that more than 2,000 violators who attempted to infiltrate these areas were caught and legal action was taken against them.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior and chairman of the Hajj Supreme Committee, held a virtual meeting with the leaders of the security sectors on Sunday. He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and the crown prince to the security men and leaders of the security sectors participating in the Hajj mission this year, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

 


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.