Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »

Makkah Governor to announce moderation award on Wednesday

Makkah Governor to announce moderation award on Wednesday

:: Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal will announce the winners of the 2019 moderation award at a press conference at King Abdul Aziz University on Wednesday. The award, in its third year, More »

Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

:: The Cabinet on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s ability to effectively deal with such attacks and their impact. More »

UAE’s FM Anwar Gargash says Aramco attacks are dangerous escalation

UAE’s FM Anwar Gargash says Aramco attacks are dangerous escalation

:: UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday that the Aramco attacks are a dangerous escalation. Justifying the terrorist attacks on the two oil facilities as a More »


Tag Archives: HAJJ 2015

Saudi Arabia sees drastic drop in illegal Hajj pilgrims

The percentage of illegal pilgrims has dropped to 10 percent this year from 78 percent last year, according to Emir of Makkah region Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is the chairman of the Central Hajj Committee. The emir attributed this huge

UK Parliament Haj debrief a great success

The Council of British Hajis hosted a historic Haj debrief meeting in the UK Parliament bringing together pilgrims, British Haj & Umrah tour operators, academics, MP’s and Peers from both Houses of Parliament. The purpose of the meeting was to

488 surgeries conducted for pilgrims at Al-Noor Hospital

Al-Noor Specialist Hospital performed 488 surgical operations for pilgrims during the recent Haj. The procedures included 23 brain and neurosurgery operations, six procedures related to blood vessels, 192 orthopedic surgeries, 98 general surgeries, twenty-two cosmetic procedures, four otolaryngology surgeries, six

Iran hails KSA efforts; 304 bodies sent

A senior Iranian official has praised the Kingdom for its services provided to pilgrims during this year’s Haj. Peer Husain, adviser to the Iranian health minister and head of the medical office for Iranian pilgrims, said he appreciated the organization

Saudi Arabia assures India over 59 missing pilgrims

The Indian government has sought the help of the Saudi Health Ministry to find 59 Indian pilgrims who went missing following the stampede in Mina during the Haj this year. The request was made by Minister of State for External

DNA sampling for Hajj stampede victims begins

Al-Nour Specialist Hospital has started taking the DNA of the next of kin of the unidentified deceased victims of the Mina Stampede. Al-Nour Specialist Hospital Director Ayman Yamani said the Ministry of Health has assigned the hospital to take DNA

Haj operators face municipality’s wrath over cleanliness

The streets of Mina are still unclean and littered with trash despite the fact that it has been seven days since the pilgrims departed. The Makkah municipality has warned pilgrim establishments not to dump their waste and has threatened them

Stampede victims’ bodies not being buried in mass graves

The bodies of the Mina stampede are being buried in separate graves after giving a bath and offering funeral prayers, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) of Makkah has said. “The bodies are not being buried in mass graves.

First plane carrying dead from Haj crush arrives in Iran

The first plane carrying bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia arrived in Tehran Saturday, nine days after the disaster that escalated tensions between the two regional rivals. President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials

Ministry honors media for Haj coverage

Adel Al-Toraifi

The Ministry of Culture and Information in Jeddah honored the media and cultural delegations who participated in the 2015 Haj coverage, in the presence of Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi on Monday. Al-Toraifi welcomed the delegations and greeted

161 stampede injured at Jeddah hospitals

There are 161 pilgrims, injured during last week’s stampede in Mina, currently receiving treatment at hospitals in Jeddah. This is according to Mubarak Al-Asiri, director of Jeddah’s health department, who said 89 injured patients were taken to the city’s King

Three brothers make frantic calls about parents on Haj

Firojsha Aiyubsha and his two brothers only found out that their parents had died in Thusrday’s stampede in Mina when a boy from their village in western India spotted the names on the Internet. Now the siblings, all policemen, are

Sources: Iranian diplomat may have entered Saudi under unknown identity

Saudi sources told Al Arabiya News that official records show that the name of the former Iranian ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Abadi does not appear among this year’s pilgrims. If his presence during the pilgrimage is confirmed, that would mean

Heartbreaking tales of missing pilgrims compound tragedy

Three days after the tragic stampede in Mina during this year’s Haj, the whereabouts of dozens of pilgrims, both from the Kingdom and from abroad, remains unknown. From all over the Kingdom, hundreds of relatives and friends of pilgrims have

Bodies of stampede martyrs to be buried in 6 cemeteries in Makkah

The Makkah Secretariat is preparing 74,700 graves across six graveyards which could accommodate some of the martyrs of the stampede in Mina among others, according to the Secretariat’s Director of Media, Osama Zaytoun. These include the Maalaa Cemetery, which has

Saudi Arabia: Makkah Emir did not make statement on African pilgrims

The Makkah governorate has denied reports in international media with regard to the press statement of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah, advisor of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and chairman of the Central Haj Committee, about the stampede

Pilgrims stream out of Mina as Haj 2015 ends

Pilgrims streamed out of Mina after performing the ritual stoning of the devil for one last time on Saturday. There was no respite from the hot weather and the mercury hovered around 45 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The pilgrims

Hajj stampede: Saudi rejects Iranian criticism

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Saturday firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the hajj pilgrimage Saturday after Tehran demanded an inquiry into a stampede that killed at least 769 people. “I believe the Iranians should know better than

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