95,400 turned back from Makkah for not having Hajj permits

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 19:15:00

95,400 turned back from Makkah for not having Hajj permits

Saudi authorities have turned back 95,400 people who were attempting to reach Makkah illegally to perform Hajj, according to Gulf News.

“Those who were told to go back came from various regions of the Kingdom, but did not have official permits in accordance with the regulations governing the entry of pilgrims through terrestrial crossings,” Khalid Al Harbi, commander of the Hajj Security Forces, said.

The number of vehicles that were denied entry into Makkah for lack of permits was 47,700, he added.

The figures cover the period from July 18 until August 12.

Al Harbi said that the security forces were fully ready to deal with violations and non-compliance of the rules.

“While we are ready to serve all pilgrims, we will not allow anyone or anything to disrupt the Hajj rituals. We will be strict with those who arrive without the permits and with those who transport them [pilgrims] without making sure they have valid documents. We will refer them to the competent authorities to apply sanctions against them,” he said, quoted by Saudi daily Okaz on Tuesday.

The tracking of violators will go beyond the Makkah entry points, he warned.

“The security forces will monitor the situation at the holy sites and on the paths leading to them. We will carry out random checks that include fingerprinting. And we will use the network of surveillance cameras.” he added.

Saudi Arabia has been following a very strict policy with regards to the number of people living in the kingdom who can perform Hajj in a bid to provide better chances for those who have never performed the annual rituals and to control numbers in order to avoid excess crowds.

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