Saudi Arabia: 100,000 troops to secure the Hajj
Units deployed during the annual Islamic pilgrimage include an elite counterterrorism unit, police and emergency civil defense teams
The spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says some 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to oversee the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage that begins on Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki says among those securing the massive crowds during Hajj are members of an elite counterterrorism unit, traffic police and emergency civil defense personnel. They are being supported by additional troops from the army and national guard.
The pilgrimage comes as Saudi Arabia faces an expansion of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group attacks that have killed dozens of people this year.
Al-Turki vowed in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Saturday that militants “cannot control a centimeter anywhere in Saudi Arabia.”
The Hajj is expected to draw up to 3 million people from around the world this year to Makkah.
Saudi Arabia ‘ready to thwart’ any Hajj attacksCrown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef warned against anyone exploiting this year’s Hajj season for ‘political reasons’ Middle East
The sacred Saudi armed forces mission.. Protecting hajjSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has stressed that the Kingdom is ready to face any action that might cause any harm during Hajj pilgrimage next week ... Reports
Watch the annual hajj security forces paradeThe Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, sponsored the annual ceremony of the parade of the Haj security forces and the bodies concerned with the ... Reports
VIDEO: Saudi King prays for recovery of Iranian woman hurt in MakkahThe elderly woman arrived in Saudi Arabia 10 days ago from abroad to perform Hajj Variety
Hajj unaffected by crane collapse: Saudi officialThis year’s hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at Mecca’s Grand Mosque Middle East
Makkah schools cancel classes due to hajj rushSchools and colleges in the holy city of Makkah will suspend classes this week due to crowding of pilgrims in the city Middle East
Saudi Arabia bans hajj camel slaughterSaudi Arabia banned the slaughter of camels during this year’s hajj pilgrimage, after a surge in deaths from the MERS virus linked to the animals Variety