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Saudi Arabia arrests 300 pilgrims with out permits – World

MAKKAH: Saudi authorities have arrested and fined almost 300 individuals caught attempting to carry out Haj with out permits, an official stated on Monday, as the dominion prepares to obtain a million individuals for the annual pilgrimage.

Some 288 “residents and residents have been arrested for violating Haj laws,” Lieutenant Normal Mohammed al-Basami, head of Haj safety, instructed a press convention broadcast on state-run media, including that they have been every fined 10,000 Saudi riyals (round $2,600).

Officers have additionally imposed a safety cordon round Makkah, Islam’s holiest metropolis the place the Grand Mosque is situated, and barred almost 100,000 individuals in additional than 69,000 automobiles from getting into, Basami stated.

A million individuals, together with 850,000 from overseas, are allowed to take part on this yr’s Haj after two years of drastically curtailed numbers as a result of coronavirus pandemic. That’s beneath the two.5m individuals who carried out Haj in 2019, earlier than the pandemic hit, however considerably larger than the 60,000 individuals, all of them absolutely vaccinated Saudi residents, who took half final yr.

Not less than 650,000 pilgrims had arrived from abroad for Haj as of Sunday, authorities stated. The pilgrimage formally begins on Wednesday, however on Monday pilgrims have been already performing rituals.

Printed in Daybreak, July fifth, 2022

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