Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

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Tag Archives: HAJJ2015

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

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

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

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

220,000 cubic meters of water pumped since first day of Tashreeq in Mina

The National Water Company pumped 220,000 cubic meters of water in Mina without any disruption in supply since the first day of Tashreeq, according to Saudi Press Agency. Engineer Abdullah bin Ahmad Hasnain, director of the work unit of Makkah

500 doctors, nurses rushed to aid stampede victims

Deputy Minister of Health Hamad bin Mohammad Al-Dweile confirmed that health, civil and military sectors cooperated with the Ministry of Health to treat victims of the stampede in Mina. He said the ministry announced a “code red” in hospitals at

Hajj stampede death toll rises to 759

The death toll from Thursday’s deadly stampede outside the holy city of Makkah during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage has climbed to 769, the Saudi Health Minister Khaled Al-Faleh said on Saturday. The known number of injured now stands at 934,

Iraqi pilgrims separated to avoid troubles among them

Despite the bad economic and security situation of Iraqi pilgrims, many of them succeeded in performing Haj this year. A number of them spoke to Arab News and expressed their happiness at arriving in the Kingdom after a long security

Pilgrims stone the devil for 2nd day

Pilgrims continued to perform the mandatory rituals of Haj on Friday despite a massive stampede a day earlier. Few pilgrims slept on Thursday night, thronging major roads and bridges as wailing ambulances continued to ferry the dead and injured to

Saudi Army not behind in reaching out to Hajis

When it comes to Haj, the Saudi Armed Forces (SAF) is not behind in doing its own share to help Hajis perform pilgrimage during the current Haj season, according to online publication Sabq. It has done this through its various

Overcrowding to blame for stampede: Eyewitnesses

Several eyewitnesses held the view that the unfortunate incident at Mina happened because a large number of pilgrims converged on Street 204 at the same time. This ensued in panic that contributed to the suffocation of many of them while

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