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Saudi Arabia issues decision on Hajj

Oman Saturday 12/June/2021 14:35 PM
By: Times News Service
Saudi Arabia issues decision on Hajj
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Muscat: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that this year's Hajj will be restricted to citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only, up to a total of 60,000 pilgrims, due to the continuing developments of the pandemic and the emergence of new strains of the novel coronavirus in the world.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said: "The Saudi Ministry of Health issued a statement in which it said that given the nature of the crowds during the Hajj, where people spend extended times in multiple and specific places in accordance with the order of performing the rituals, makes the application of the highest levels of health precautions a very vital matter."

"It was decided to limit the availability of registration for those wishing to perform the Hajj rituals for the year 1442 AH to citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only, through the electronic path for pilgrims that will be launched by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in order to ensure that the rituals are performed in health, security and safety, while adhering to regulatory controls, health standards and security requirements," the ministry added in the statement