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Three held for violating Saudi Arabia’s Hajj season regulations

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Three people were caught violating regulations set out by Saudi Arabia for the Hajj season, Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Sunday.

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The accused were attempting to partake in this year’s Hajj without a permit which, as per the rules outlined by the Kingdom’s interior ministry, would make them subject to a fine of almost $2,700 (10,000 Riyals).

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali
Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in their holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

Official spokesperson of Hajj Security Forces Command Brigadier General Sami al-Shuwairekh called on all citizens and residents to adhere to the rules and regulations set out for this year’s Hajj season, stressing that the security personnel would take immediate action against those who attempt to reach the Holy Mosque, the area surrounding it and the holy sites (Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah) without a permit.

The guidelines have been put in place to ensure compliance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Hajj season which will take place between July 17 and 22.

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