2005 News Story

Thousands of security personnel assigned to Hajj

Fifteen thousand security personnel will be assigned to this year’s Hajj, Brig. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, official spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said in comments published in Saudi Gazette Saturday. 

Brig. Gen. Al-Turki the measures are precautionary and preventive to safeguard the pilgrimage and the consequence of the heightened alert of possible terrorist attacks. Al-Turki added that the number of security officials assigned to the Hajj this year is in fact 15 percent lower than in previous years. Ten thousand security personnel will be assigned to traffic control duties and the rest pedestrian movements at the Holy Sites, including the areas of Jamarat, Jebel Al-Rahmah (Mount of Mercy), and the Namirah Mosque.