No haj per­mit, no en­try into Makkah

Asian Journal - - World -

Riyadh: The Saudi gov­ern­ment has is­sued a warn­ing that peo­ple with­out haj per­mits would not be al­lowed to en­ter Makkah, the media re­ported on Tues­day. A se­nior of­fi­cial said that pa­trols have been de­ployed to pre­vent traf­fic and other vi­o­la­tions at Makkah’s en­try points. The aim is to en­sure that pil­grims can per­form their rit­u­als safely, Arab News re­ported. He said there are royal di­rec­tives that out­line penal­ties for peo­ple fail­ing to com­ply with haj reg­u­la­tions. Cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates trans­port­ing illegal pil­grims would be ar­rested and have their ve­hi­cles seized. Ab­dul Rah­man Salem Al-Thamali, head of the Taif po­lice and com­man­der of a lo­cal mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol check­point, said po­lice of­fi­cers would not dis­crim­i­nate be­tween cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates.

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