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Saudi Gazette Newspaper

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      Saudi Gazette report   MADINAH – Pilgrims visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah reacted differently while leaving for Makkah to start their Haj journey. Some pilgrims, Al-Madina reported, considered themselves to be fortunate to be near the Prophet (peace be upon him).

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      Saudi Gazette report  JEDDAH — Some unscrupulous elements are charging anywhere between SR300 to SR1,500 to smuggle pilgrims without Haj permits into Makkah. Disguised as a pilgrim with no permit, an Al-Madina reporter uncovered the fees people pay and the methods used

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  • 09/22/15--14:00: Jazan liquor dealer held
  •    JAZAN — Police in Jazan arrested a liquor dealer and seized large quantity of alcohol in a valley on the outskirts of Jazan city. Police received information that the dealer was operating in the area, and, after monitoring activity, moved in and arrested the man. Police seized 467 barrels full of liquor and a large number of bottles full of

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       TAIF — A Yemeni family of eight suffocated to death inside their car near a gas station in Renya province in Makkah region. Police received reports of a family SUV parked near the gas station with members inside the car apparently unconscious. Police arrived at the station. Saudi Red Crescent workers tried to revive the family, but with no l

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  • 09/22/15--14:00: Haia officials attacked
  •    RIYADH — Officials of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) were injured after they were attacked by irate members of the public. According to police, commission officials were arguing with a man over parking, with the argument escalating into a verbal attack. The man left and returned later, accompanied by

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       MAKKAH — Municipality officials stormed a farm outside Makkah where workers were operating an illegal animal slaughterhouse. Fifteen workers inside the farm managed to escape when municipality team arrived. Officials said the illegal slaughterhouse was completely unhygeinic. Workers were slaughtering mainly chicken at night in the open. Offi

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       TABUK — Custom officials at an entry point with Jordan seized more than 32,000 illegal pills smugglers were attempting to bring into Saudi Arabia in four different loads. Custom officials said they found the pills stashed in hidden compartments inside a number of cars trying to cross the boarder. All drivers were arrested and taken for quest

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       MAKKAH — Asian countries have sent the largest number of pilgrims this year while New Zealand pilgrims had to take the longest flight of 24 hours to reach the Kingdom. Sudanese pilgrims got the credit of conducting the longest ship journey lasting 10 hours to reach Jeddah Islamic Port. A total of 1,325,189 Hajis came by air, 36,094 by land a

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       MAKKAH — The Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has secured as many as 25 golf carts to transport aged and disabled pilgrims from the Grand Mosque to the Jamrat facility in Mina. Abdul Hafeez Al-Thibaiti, director of the presidency's public relations, said the carts will cover all the directions leading to the Jamrat and will

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      Khaled Al-Humaidi Okaz/Saudi Gazette  MAKKAH — Pilgrims with special needs have been assigned 23 doors for their use at the Grand Mosque, according to the department of doors at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. The Haram has 210 doors that will all be kept

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  • 09/22/15--14:00: Clean Makkah a priority

  •   Badea Abu Al-Naja Saudi Gazette  MAKKAH — The municipality has stepped up efforts to keep the holy city and other holy sites clean during Haj. “Our municipality has applied for the first time new technologies that would have a big impact in improving cleaning services,&rdq

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      Okaz/Saudi Gazette   JEDDAH —  The National Water Company (NWC) has pumped 10 million cubic meters of water into Makkah and  other holy sites to meet the needs of pilgrims and residents of the city at the same time, said Abdullah Al-Hussayyen, minister of Water and Electricity. Th

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      Saudi Gazette report   JEDDAH — Random camel pens have started to surface again in several neighborhoods of the city after they were demolished months ago for fear of the animals spreading the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Makkah daily reported that it had

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      Saudi Gazette report    RIYADH — Two Saudi soldiers who lost their way inside Yemen are presumed to be in the hands of Houthi militia, according to Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Asiri, spokesman of the coalition forces and adviser at the office of the minister of defense. “Two soldiers from th

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      Hamoud Abu Taleb Okaz   I ALWAYS wanted to write about a very important issue raised by economist and writer Barjis Al-Barjis. But pressing hot topics which were far more important always came in the way. Al-Barjis updates us with a lot of economic data through his Twitter account, and recently he noted th

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      Saudi Gazette report  MADINAH — The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Red Crescent, has augmented its efforts to deal with heat stress and sunstroke at the holy sites by setting up several hospitals and health centers for pilgrims. The Presidency of Meteorology

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      Saudi Gazette report  MAKKAH — The Ministry of Health is all geared up to provide world-class medical services to the millions of pilgrims performing Haj this year. Hospitals and centers run by the ministry in Makkah and other holy sites are extending qualitative treatment and preventi

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      Saudi Gazette report   MINA — Despite frequent Ministry of Health’s warnings against getting in contact with camels and a ban on slaughtering of camels, pilgrims and Haj establishment staff eat 100 camels a day, Makkah daily reported. It seems that the lovers of camel meat are not sca

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       RIYADH — A lot of Muslim migrant workers, especially domestic labor, are keen on being employed in the Kingdom, to live near the holy cities and get a chance to perform Haj. Female domestic workers especially seize the opportunity of being in close proximity to Makkah and Madinah as well as having the financial means to support their journey

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      Saudi Gazette report  MAKKAH — Muslims all over the world are waiting for the annual custom of changing the Kiswa, the black cloth with golden embroidery covering the Kaaba, which will take place after Fajr (dawn) prayer by 86 technicians and embroiders, Al-Hayat daily reported.

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