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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Saudi Interior Ministry Apprehends 18 Violators of Hajj Regulations

Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP)
Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP)
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Saudi Interior Ministry Apprehends 18 Violators of Hajj Regulations

Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP)
Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP)

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said on Sunday Hajj security forces stationed at the entrances to Makkah apprehended 18 individuals - two residents and 16 citizens - for violating Hajj regulations.

It said that on June 15, they had transported 98 individuals attempting to perform Hajj without a permit.

The General Directorate of Passports issued 17 administrative decisions for individuals involved in illegal transportation, including a 15-day prison sentence for each transporter and a SAR 10,000 fine multiplied by the number of violators transported.

Violators also face public exposure, deportation from the Kingdom if they are residents, and a temporary ban on re-entry.

The authorities ordered the confiscation of the vehicles used in transporting the violators.

The Ministry of Interior urged all citizens and residents to strictly comply with Hajj regulations to ensure pilgrims feel safe, comfortable, and at peace when performing Hajj rituals.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Saudi Leadership Congratulates Egyptian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
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Saudi Leadership Congratulates Egyptian President on National Day

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent on Tuesday a cable of congratulations to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his country's National Day.

King Salman wished Sisi continued good health and the government and people of Egypt steady progress and prosperity.

He lauded the strong Saudi-Egyptian ties, emphasizing the shared desire to foster growth in all sectors.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, sent Sisi a similar cable on the occasion.