Interior Ministry Official: Tourism Companies Deceived Visit Visa Holders, Encouraging Hajj Violations

Colonel Al-Shalhoub noted that some tourism companies in several brotherly countries have deceived visit visa holders by issuing visas not intended for Hajj - SPA
Colonel Al-Shalhoub noted that some tourism companies in several brotherly countries have deceived visit visa holders by issuing visas not intended for Hajj - SPA
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Interior Ministry Official: Tourism Companies Deceived Visit Visa Holders, Encouraging Hajj Violations

Colonel Al-Shalhoub noted that some tourism companies in several brotherly countries have deceived visit visa holders by issuing visas not intended for Hajj - SPA
Colonel Al-Shalhoub noted that some tourism companies in several brotherly countries have deceived visit visa holders by issuing visas not intended for Hajj - SPA

Colonel Talal bin Abdul Mohsen bin Shalhoub, the security spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, confirmed the success of the 2024 Hajj season's security plans.
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Colonel Al-Shalhoub emphasized that the success of these security measures is a testament to the coordinated efforts between various security, military, and government agencies. These efforts ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals safely, peacefully, and tranquilly.
He reported that 83% of the total mortalities during the Hajj season, amounting to 1,079 out of 1,301, were among those without Hajj permits. He expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased.
According to SPA, Colonel Al-Shalhoub also highlighted the proactive efforts to intensify media and awareness campaigns against performing Hajj without permits and to enforce stricter penalties for violators. He pointed out that some individuals have been abusing visit visas and other non-Hajj-specific visas.
Furthermore, Colonel Al-Shalhoub noted that some tourism companies in several brotherly countries have deceived visit visa holders by issuing visas not intended for Hajj and encouraging them to violate regulations by staying in the holy capital two months before the Hajj season.
He emphasized that a Hajj permit is not merely a transit card but a crucial tool that facilitates access to pilgrims and identifies their locations to provide necessary care and services promptly. The absence of a permit poses challenges in some violators to offer services and healthcare.
Colonel Al-Shalhoub mentioned the continuous updates through the Public Security’s official social media accounts about apprehending those who promote fake Hajj campaigns and referring them to the Public Prosecution. He also appreciated the strict measures taken by some brotherly countries against these deceptive companies and the corrective actions they have implemented to prevent future violations.



Oman Police: Attackers in Wadi al-Kabir Were 3 Omani Brothers

The attack killed six people. Reuters
The attack killed six people. Reuters
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Oman Police: Attackers in Wadi al-Kabir Were 3 Omani Brothers

The attack killed six people. Reuters
The attack killed six people. Reuters

The three gunmen who shot and killed six people in Oman this week were all Omani nationals, police said on Thursday.

The shooting took place in the Wadi al-Kabir neighborhood of Oman's capital Muscat.

The Royal Oman Police said in a statement the three gunmen were brothers and "were killed due to their insistence on resisting security personnel.”

The statement said that police investigations had indicated the three gunmen were "influenced by misguided ideas.”

The six people killed by the gunmen included a police officer responding to the attack.