Saudi Minister: We Will Not Allow Turning the Holy Sites into an Arena for Slogans

The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
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Saudi Minister: We Will Not Allow Turning the Holy Sites into an Arena for Slogans

The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).
The daily press conference held during the Hajj season (Photo by: Adnan Mahdali).

The official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Interior Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, affirmed on Friday that Saudi Arabia will not allow the holy sites to be turned into arenas for slogans and chants that diverge from the purposes of Islamic Sharia.
He emphasized that the security and safety of the pilgrims is a red line that will not be compromised.
During the daily press conference for this year's Hajj season, Shalhoub announced the successful and smooth implementation of the first phase of the plan to transport pilgrims to the holy sites.
He stressed that security forces will continue to maintain a tight security cordon around the holy sites until the end of the Hajj season.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Abdali, the official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Health, highlighted the ministry's readiness to serve the pilgrims for this year's season. He said all health plans have been successfully implemented.
"More than 35,000 healthcare professionals and members of the healthcare system, along with over 5,500 health volunteers, take pride in serving and caring for the guests of Allah”, said Al-Abdali.
A total of 189 hospitals and health centers, in addition to mobile clinics and field hospitals, 98 ambulance centers, 14 health monitoring centers at land, air, and sea entry points, and 32 trucks for distributing medical supplies, have been set to serve the guests of Allah in addition to many other facilitations.
Dr. Ayed Algwinm, the Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, highlighted the significant developmental projects witnessed in the holy sites' infrastructure, including water networks, enhanced electrical capacity, aimed at improving services and raising the standard of accommodation.
The exceptional collaboration between the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, and the Royal Commission for Makkah City and the Holy Sites, have made this possible, he underscored.
Saleh Al-Zuaid, the official spokesman for the transportation and logistical services system said that Saudi airports had received over 19,000 incoming flights from approximately 90 countries as of Thursday.
He also mentioned that the Haramain High-Speed Railway has operated more than 2,700 trips since the beginning of the Hajj season. The Jeddah Islamic Port received 7 ships carrying pilgrims from Sudan and 129 ships carrying over 600,000 containers in total.
 



MWL, GCC Hail ICJ's Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
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MWL, GCC Hail ICJ's Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)

The Muslim World League (MWL) welcomed the advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories, affirming the illegality of the Israeli presence in the occupied Palestinian territories for 57 years.
In a statement, MWL Secretary-General and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa stressed the importance of this decision, which is a positive step towards the human and legal right of the Palestinian people to reach a just and comprehensive solution to their cause and to ensure obtaining their legitimate rights to self-determination and establishing their independent state in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international legitimacy resolutions, SPA reported.

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, also welcomed the opinion issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, saying that it confirms and reinforces the Palestinian people's attainment of their legitimate and legal rights in accordance with international and United Nations resolutions to regain the Palestinian territories seized by the Israeli occupation forces
He pointed out that the settlement decisions and attempts to change the geography carried out by the Israeli occupation forces are illegitimate measures that do not enjoy any regional or international recognition, and do not change anything on the ground, stressing that the seized Palestinian territories will remain Palestinian and an inherent right of the Palestinian people.
Moreover, Albudaiwi reiterated the firm stances of the GCC countries towards the Palestinian issue, and support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to obtain their state.