2007 News Story

More than 1.6 million pilgrims in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj

Pilgrims are continuing to arrive in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj. As of December 14, more than 1.6 million pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to a daily report by the Central Hajj Committee.

This year’s pilgrims will include Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, who is scheduled to arrive in Saudi Arabia December 17 to perform the holy rituals.

Saudi officials have urged pilgrims to adhere to the regulations set out by the Hajj security forces. In a statement today, Director of Public Security Lt. Gen. Said Al-Qahtani reminded pilgrims not to loiter in pedestrian lanes and not to use traditional or plastic tents in Mina.

The Civil Defense has also warned against the use of gas cylinders for cooking at the holy sites or government offices at the holy sites. Appropriate measures will be taken against violators, they said.

Meanwhile, more than two million people performed Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday.