IN PICTURES: Saudi helicopters ensure Mecca pilgrims’ safety during Ramadan
Saudi air forces, as part of wide efforts from the Ministry of Interior, have been overlooking the safety of pilgrims in Mecca through state-of-the-art helicopters.
The aviation security chief general, Major-General Mohammed bin Eid al-Harbi, said that air forces are participating this year with nine aircrafts equipped with the latest technologies and medical equipment to serve pilgrims during a busy Umrah season this Ramadan.
Their mission includes the implementation of various security and humanitarian tasks and to provide logistical support to all government agencies through continuous daily tours including the Grand Mosque, the surrounding areas and the roads leading to it, and the highways connecting Mecaa, Jeddah and Madinah to monitor and analyze traffic and send reports to control centers.
Al- Harbi also confirmed the readiness of all aircrafts participating in the plan for immediate evacuation of injured pilgrims during Ramadan if necessary.
He also pointed out the readiness of airstrips of King Abdullah Medical City Hospital, Al-Nour and Hera Hospitals, which underwent an inspection tour to ensure that they are ready to receive medical evacuation planes and ambulances.