Saudi Arabia has welcomed 2.5m Syrians: Crown Prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif
Updated 19 September 2016

Saudi Arabia has welcomed 2.5m Syrians: Crown Prince

NEW YORK: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif said on Monday that Saudi Arabia has welcomed 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the crisis.
Speaking at a UN meeting ahead of his General Assembly address the crown prince said, in addition to these 2.5 million, the Kingdom has provided full support to the countries that are hosting Syrian refugees.
With respect to the Kingdom’s efforts in providing humanitarian assistance, Prince Mohammed said Saudi Arabia has given around $139 billion over the past four decades.
The crown prince also said the Kingdom is offering free education to around 285,000 Yemeni students.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.