Saudi Govt Reiterates Condemnation of Israel over Gaza Violations

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs the virtual cabinet meeting. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs the virtual cabinet meeting. (SPA)
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Saudi Govt Reiterates Condemnation of Israel over Gaza Violations

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs the virtual cabinet meeting. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chairs the virtual cabinet meeting. (SPA)

The Saudi government reiterated on Tuesday its strong condemnation of Israeli forces for their violations against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

It slammed Israeli forces for their “ongoing blatant violations of all international resolutions and laws,” calling on the international community “to intervene to alleviate the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe facing the brotherly Palestinian people.”

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the virtual cabinet meeting.

He thanked the people of Saudi Arabia for their heartfelt well wishes and prayers. He also expressed gratitude to the leaders of brotherly and friendly nations who sent messages wishing him good health.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and the ministers expressed gratitude to God Almighty for King Salman’s recovery, wishing him continued health so that he can continue to lead the Kingdom toward further growth and prosperity.

The cabinet reviewed the message received by King Salman by the President of Senegal and the telephone calls between Crown Prince Mohammed and French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that focused on strengthening relations and exploring the potential for further collaboration in various sectors.

Cabinet Member for Shura Council Affairs and Acting Minister of Media Dr. Issam bin Saad bin Saeed said the government reviewed the latest developments regarding cooperation between the Kingdom and multilateral organizations.

He said Saudi Arabia's unanimous election to the International Transport Forum and winning the bid to host the UNCTAD Global Supply Chain Forum in 2026 are testaments to the Kingdom's global leadership and recognition of its ambitious initiatives and projects to develop these vital sectors.

The cabinet praised the success of the Future Aviation Forum, which was held in Riyadh and saw wide international participation, and the signing of over 100 agreements and memoranda of understanding. The event also witnessed the announcement of investments that will contribute to making significant strides in the aviation sector and further boosting the Kingdom's position in the global and regional air transport industry.

Moreover, Saeed said the Cabinet hailed the Kingdom for setting new global records in reducing the cost of electricity production from wind energy, and supporting its efforts to diversify energy sources, boost its global position in exporting renewable and sustainable energy, increase the use of clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and preserve the environment, in line with various local and international initiatives.



Pilgrims Prepare to Depart Holy Sites after Completing Main Hajj Rituals

Pilgrims stone the three pillars representing the devil on the first day of Tashreeq. (SPA)
Pilgrims stone the three pillars representing the devil on the first day of Tashreeq. (SPA)
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Pilgrims Prepare to Depart Holy Sites after Completing Main Hajj Rituals

Pilgrims stone the three pillars representing the devil on the first day of Tashreeq. (SPA)
Pilgrims stone the three pillars representing the devil on the first day of Tashreeq. (SPA)

The majority of Hajj pilgrims are packing their belongings in preparation to leave the holy sites on Tuesday, known as the “Day of Hastening.”

This comes after they have completed the essential rites of Hajj, which include standing at Mount Arafat, the symbolic stoning of the devil at Jamarat, and performing the Tawaf al-Ifadah.

The Saudi Arabian government has provided a comprehensive range of services to ensure the smooth conduct of Hajj for all pilgrims.

This year’s pilgrimage has been marked by a well-coordinated system to facilitate the rituals for the millions of Muslims.

Pilgrims are arriving in Madinah as the city prepares itself to host them after the completion of their Hajj rituals.

The Madinah branch of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has prepared major mosques, including Khandaq, Sayyid al-Shuhada, and Qiblatain, ensuring they are clean, well-maintained, and equipped with air conditioning and water coolers.

Crowd management systems are in place, and educational materials and Qurans are being distributed.

Sheikh Osama Madkhali, the ministry’s local director, stated that all preparations are complete.

Over 900,000 copies of the Quran, provided by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran, are ready to be given to pilgrims in Madinah and Yanbu airports as they depart.

Comprehensive health services

Saudi Arabia has deployed a comprehensive healthcare system to ensure the safety and well-being of the pilgrims.

Over 35,000 medical staff and 5,500 volunteers are on hand to provide around-the-clock care at 183 hospitals and health centers, as well as six mobile clinics equipped with the latest technology.

These facilities boast over 6,400 beds, including specialized units for intensive care, emergency treatment, and heat-related illnesses.

Virtual services are being offered through an online hospital and mobile app, providing medical consultations and information.

Additionally, the “937” call center secured urgent medical advice in seven languages for pilgrims.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aali, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, reported 2,764 cases of heat exhaustion on the first day of Eid, all promptly treated by healthcare teams.

The private health sector has also expanded its role, contributing over 62 facilities and emergency points, and providing services on the Holy Sites train at 18 locations.

Private providers operate two of the 25 Ministry of Health centers, marking a 400% increase in private sector involvement compared to last year.

The Ministry of Commerce has distributed over 37 million provisions to Hajj pilgrims in Mina on the first day of Tashreeq. The ministry’s field teams are actively monitoring the supply situation across the holy sites, ensuring that essential goods and products are readily available.

Moreover, the ministry oversees the supply chain according to its mandate, and its teams are also responsible for inspecting commercial establishments and sales outlets in the holy sites and Makkah.

These inspections ensure compliance with consumer protection regulations and identify any commercial violations.

The Saudi Water Authority announced the distribution of over 3 billion liters of fresh water in Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, and Arafat.

This effort is part of its operational plan to ensure seamless supply across production, transportation, storage, and distribution components of the system, catering to the comfort and service of pilgrims and all beneficiaries during pilgrimage.

Through coordinated efforts and meticulous planning, the authority and its operational arm, the National Water Company and its private sector partners, achieved this exceptional milestone.

The water production capacity was significantly increased, facilitated by the desalination arm of the Saudi Water Authority, enhancing the integrated efforts of the water system to deliver and distribute the water to Makkah and the holy sites.