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Saudi King Wishes Muslims a Blessed Eid

Saudi King Wishes Muslims a Blessed Eid

Friday, 31 July, 2020 - 08:15
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. SPA
Asharq Al-Awsat

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz said Friday that the number of Hajj pilgrims was limited this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the King also said that this year’s Hajj required the state’s agencies to double their efforts to protect the pilgrims.

He added in a speech read out by acting media minister Majid Al-Qasabi that the Kingdom has a duty each year to guarantee the safety and well-being of pilgrims.

Earlier Friday, the King tweeted Eid greetings, shortly after leaving hospital.

The Saudi King left King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh on Thursday after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder earlier in the week, the state news agency SPA had reported.

Surgeons operated on the King, SPA said, describing the procedure as a laparoscopic surgery.

The King also prayed on Friday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I congratulate everyone on the occasion of Eid al-Adha," the tweet said.

"I ask God almighty .... to lift the pandemic from our country and the world with his grace and mercy."

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