Saudi bans 342,367 pilgrims

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pilgrims in Saudi performing prayers in Mecca

Saudi Interior Ministry  announced a ban of 237,583 illegal pilgrims, in addition to another 104,784 denied entry into the Holy sites of Mecca.

The Interior Ministry’s spokesman said this today as the authorities launched the security plan for this Hajj season, which will reach a climax weekend with pilgrims climbing Mount Arafat, as part of the religious rites.

Saudi Press Agency reported that the Interior Ministry spokesperson Major-General Mansoor Al Turki said in the first press conference for this season that the police forces are dedicated to protect the safety of pilgrims.

The conference revealed that the security plan includes reviewing the movements of pilgrims and the traffic, as well as organisational plans.

Saudi Arabia has been implementing strict security measures for Hajj to ensure the safety of pilgrims and prevent terrorist attacks like blasts that targeted places of worships in different areas in the country in recent years.

*Xinhua.


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