|14 August, 2019

Violations by Haj pilgrims dropped 29% compared to 2018, says Prince Khalid Al-Faisal

Prince Khalid told the media that health services were provided for more than 500,000 pilgrims

Image used for illustrative purpose. Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled al-Faisal reacts during his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri (not in picture) in Beirut, Lebanon November 21, 2016.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled al-Faisal reacts during his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri (not in picture) in Beirut, Lebanon November 21, 2016.

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MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for supervising the services offered to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Prince Khalid said all Saudis were proud of the efforts made to help pilgrims during their stay in the Kingdom.

He thanked local and international media representatives for their coverage of the pilgrimage, telling a press conference in Mina that the number of Hajj pilgrims this year reached 2,489,406.

Of these, 1,855,027 were from outside the Kingdom and 634,379 were from inside Saudi Arabia.

He said that the number of people violating Hajj permit and entry regulations was 298,379, a 29 percent drop from last year’s figure.

The Makkah governor said that more than 350,000 people had worked to provide pilgrims with support and services.  He also said that 35,000 volunteers, in addition to 120,000 security personnel, 30,000 health practitioners and 200,000 workers from other sectors, had contributed to the success of the Hajj season.

Prince Khalid told the media that health services were provided for more than 500,000 pilgrims. As many as 173 hospitals, health centers, and mobile clinics with a capacity of 5,000 beds were available. Health professionals carried out 336 open heart operations and cardiac catheterizations, as well as 2,700 other procedures.

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