Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu

The flags of Saudi Arabia and Somalia. (File/AFP)
The flags of Saudi Arabia and Somalia. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 February 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu

The flags of Saudi Arabia and Somalia. (File/AFP)
  • Four Emirati soldiers and a Bahraini officer were killed following the attack in Mogadishu where they were training the Somali national army

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned and denounced a terrorist attack on a military base in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

Four Emirati soldiers and a Bahraini officer were killed following the attack in Mogadishu where they were training the Somali national army, the United Arab Emirates said. 

The soldiers were “exposed to a terrorist act” while “training and qualifying the Somali Armed Forces,” the UAE’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three Emirati soldiers and a Bahraini officer were killed.

A fourth Emirati soldier, who was among two injured in the attack, “passed away upon arrival” in the UAE on Sunday, Emirates News Agency said, raising the overall death toll.

King Salman Al-Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Salman sent their condolences to President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its firm position calling for the rejection of violence, terrorism, and extremism, regardless of its forms and motives.

It expressed the Kingdom’s full solidarity with Somalia, the UAE, and Bahrain, and expressed its sincere condolences to the families of those killed.

Saturday’s attack targeted troops at the General Gordon Military Base in Mogadishu and was claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabab.


The bittersweet moment when pilgrims bid farewell to Makkah after Hajj

The bittersweet moment when pilgrims bid farewell to Makkah after Hajj
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The bittersweet moment when pilgrims bid farewell to Makkah after Hajj

The bittersweet moment when pilgrims bid farewell to Makkah after Hajj

MINA: It is a time of overwhelming emotion – the moment when pilgrims finish their Hajj journey and must bid farewell to the holy city of Makkah.

They offer their final prayers and make their way to the airport, leaving behind the place where they have felt the deepest connection to their faith.

The unity and camaraderie they have shared with other pilgrims, the hardships they have endured, and the profound sense of peace and tranquility they have found in Makkah — all contribute to the sadness of saying goodbye.

Ishfaq Al-Hassan, from Pakistan, told Arab News: “Being in this place has made me feel incredible, and anyone who has a connection to Allah (God) and Prophet Muhammad — peace be upon him — should witness this beauty, and visit this holy place again and again.”

As he left for home, Al-Hassan said the sense of spiritual fulfillment and closeness to God he felt during Hajj would linger in his heart.

“I pray that Allah grants the entire Muslim Ummah (community) the ability to come here and unite. I ask God to eliminate the shortcomings of Muslims and resolve any difficulties they may be encountering in life.”

Kuwaiti Sami Al-Qahtani told Arab News: “Having gone through Hajj myself, I can say that the emotions experienced are beyond words.”

He added it was truly a divine blessing from God that he could be there to perform Hajj for a second time.

A pilgrim from the Philippines called Haris said he was grateful to God that he was able to perform Hajj. He added he had sad emotions as he remembered the loss of his parents during his pilgrimage.

“I hope for Allah to place them in heaven,” he said.

It is with mixed emotions that these pilgrims board their flights home. While full of gratitude for the opportunity to perform Hajj, they also feel a longing to return to a place that has left an indelible mark on their souls.


Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq
Updated 18 June 2024
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Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

DUBAI: Pilgrims at the Kaaba completed the stoning of the three Jamarat on the second day of Tashreeq on Tuesday.

They began with the smallest, Jamrat Al-Oula, then the middle, Jamrat Al-Wusta, and finally Jamrat Al-Aqaba.

Pilgrims then headed to perform the Farewell Tawaf at the Kaaba before returning to their residences in Mina.


Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj
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Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi’s rulers have hosted the families of military personnel who were killed or injured in the line of duty, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Maj. Gen. Dr. Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Maiman, Ministry of Interior undersecretary for military affairs, said 289 pilgrims from families of martyred or injured personnel had been welcomed during this year’s Hajj season.

Every effort was made to ensure the guests had comfort, peace of mind and as much ease as possible in performing their rituals, added the report.


Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 

Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 
Updated 18 June 2024
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Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 

Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 
  • Staff at the center handle health inquiries, offer medical consultations and help find missing or hospitalized pilgrims at the holy sites

RIYADH: More than 47,000 calls have been received by the Saudi Ministry of Health’s 937 call center since the start of Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Staff at the center handle health inquiries, offer medical consultations and help find missing or hospitalized pilgrims at the holy sites.

They can deal with reports in seven different languages and a team of administrative staff, specialists and consultants are available around the clock to offer advice and support.

Pilgrims can contact the center through a number of channels, including by telephone at 937 and via WhatsApp and X.


Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims

Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims
Updated 18 June 2024
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Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims

Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims
  • 249 cardiac catheterizations and 1,006 dialysis operations also performed
  • Over 142K pilgrims benefited from various health services, says health ministry

RIYADH: Specialist medical teams deployed in Makkah for the Hajj season had successfully performed 24 open-heart surgeries on pilgrims, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

In a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry said 249 pilgrims had also undergone cardiac catheterizations, and 1,006 had dialysis operations, in addition to the admission of 4,082 pilgrims in need to hospitals and medical centers to receive the necessary health care.

The patients were more than 142,000 pilgrims who have benefited from the various health services provided by health care centers in Makkah city and Mina since June 15, the first day of the annual pilgrimage.

Health services provided to the pilgrims varied between medical and specialized clinics, pharmacies, dialysis centers, intensive care rooms, and isolation units, said the MOH.

Three patients were evacuated by air ambulance and transferred to the King Ambdulaziz Medical Center in Jeddah. (SPA)

Air evacuations to Jeddah

In a separate report, SPA said a medical team from Ajyad Emergency Hospital, a member of the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Health Cluster, was able to save the life of a 53-year-old Egyptian pilgrim.

Officials said the patient arrived at the hospital complaining of chest pain. After determining that a heart clot was threatening the life and safety of the pilgrim, the case was dealt with urgently and quickly. The patient was then transferred to King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah to receive the required specialized medical service and care.

Two critical cases involving a 62-year-old Egyptian pilgrim and a 48-year-old Tunisian had to be evacuated by helicopter from hospitals in the holy sites to the King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah, SPA said in another report.

Dr. Mahdi Othman, head of the KAMC’s Intensive Care Department, the Egyptian patient was received by air evacuation from Jabal al-Rahma Hospital, while the Tunisian patient was received by air evacuation from the Mina Emergency Hospital.

“Both cases contracted severe pneumonia while performing the Hajj rituals for this year 1445 AH, which led to respiratory failure, and then they needed an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation life support machine, and they were admitted to the intensive care unit under intensive medical observation and close follow-up,” the MOH said.