Saudi Arabia Arrests 300 Hajj Travelers Without Permits
The head of Hajj security, Lt. Gen. Muhammad al-Bassani,
told a news conference that was broadcast on state media that about 288 citizens
and residents were arrested for breaking Hajj rules.
He also said that everyone who was arrested had to pay a fine of 10,000 Saudi riyals (about 600 2,600).
The head of Hajj security also said that security around Makkah Mukarramah has been stepped up.
The beautiful Masjid al-Haram is in Makkah, which is the holiest city in Islam.
Lt. Gen. Mohammed al-Bassani also said that security measures had
stopped about 100,000 people and more than 6,900 vehicles from entering the city.
This year, one million people were able to do Hajj, including 850,000 pilgrims from other countries.
This is a big change from the last two years when the coronavirus broke out.
There were a lot fewer people coming to India.
That’s still a lot less than the 2.5 million people who did the Hajj in 2019 before the disease,
but it’s a lot more than the 60,000 people who did the Hajj last year.
Last year, 60,000 Saudis who had all their shots did the Hajj. Saudi Arabia Arrests
Saudi officials said that at least 650,000 pilgrims from outside the country had arrived by Sunday.