Saudi government dept to give water to Grand Mosque pigeons
Quoting a source at Makkah Municipality, Makkah newspaper said the pilgrims and visitors were using old containers to give water to the birds
A Saudi government department will shoulder the responsibility of giving water to pigeons around the Grand Mosque and other areas in Makkah instead of pilgrims, visitors and residents.
Quoting a source at Makkah Municipality, the local Makkah newspaper said the pilgrims and visitors were using old containers to give water to the birds.
“These old containers may facilitate the breeding of mosquitoes and therefore spread dengue fever,” said Essam Faqih, assistant director of the municipality's department of preventative health.
He said the department has distributed more than 5,000 water containers around the Grand Mosque for the pigeons to drink from. He said the department would also supply residents who are looking after pigeons with the same containers. Many pilgrims are keen on providing the Haram's pigeons with food and water.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on May 6, 2015.
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