Israeli occupation forces confiscate Children’s toys on eve of Eid celebration

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Vasile Iuga, member of the Audit Committee

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Vasil Iuga, member of the Audit Committee

By letter dated 10th July 2017, Mr Vasile IUGA (Former Audit Partner, PwC) has been nominated by Romania, by common accord with the Kingdom of Denmark, the Hellenic Republic and Ireland, for appointment as a member of the Audit Committee of the Europea…

Over 300,000 people mobilized to serve Hajj pilgrims

Fri, 2017-09-01 03:00

MAKKAH: The Kingdom has mobilized more than 300,000 civilians and military personnel to serve pilgrims, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal — Makkah governor, adviser to King Salman and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee — told a press conference in Mina.
He said 101 unlicensed Hajj companies were shut down, 490,785 individuals and 21,990 vehicles without Hajj permits were prevented from entering Makkah and the Mashaaer, and 9,599 people transporting pilgrims illegally were arrested.
The total number of pilgrims this Hajj season is expected to exceed 2 million. The number of pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom reached 1,752,014, and the number of domestic pilgrims reached 126,092 citizens and 102,936 residents, Prince Khalid said, adding that 1,564 Qatari pilgrims have come this year, up from 1,210 last year.
Al-Mashaaer Metro is ready to transport 365,000 pilgrims, and 21,000 buses are available to help more than 2 million pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat, he said.
The Health Ministry has mobilized 30,000 doctors and health practitioners to serve pilgrims, he added.
“The ministry furnished 5,000 beds in Makkah and the holy sites, and 550 intensive care units. It equipped 135 health centers and 17 hospitals to provide health services to pilgrims,” Prince Khalid said, adding that there are 100 field medical teams with the latest equipment.
The Finance Ministry has established accommodation centers in Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah that can host more than 51,000 people, he said.
“The Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs mobilized more than 23,000 people to ensure the cleanliness of Makkah and the holy places during Hajj,” he added.
“The National Water Co. is pumping more than 18 million cubic meters during the pilgrimage season.” He said 22 million meals and water bottles will be distributed during this Hajj season.

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King Salman to cover cost of sacrificial animals for 5,000 pilgrims on Hajj program

Fri, 2017-09-01 03:00

MAKKAH: King Salman will cover the cost of sacrificial animals for 5,000 pilgrims hosted by the Hajj guest program, an official said.
The offer includes all pilgrims from more than 80 countries hosted by the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah, said secretary-general of the program, Abdullah bin Mudlaj Al-Mudlaj.
These include relatives of slain soldiers from Palestine, the Egyptian army and police, as well as relatives of Sudanese army personnel who were killed in the Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope operations.
Al-Mudlaj said the number of beneficiaries this Hajj season stands at 5,000, compared to 2,400 last year.
The executive committee of the program has begun work to implement the offer in coordination with the concerned agencies, while all the beneficiaries have been informed of the offer, he added.
The Hajj guest program is coordinated with Islamic figures in different countries around the world. It helps bolster relations between the Kingdom and peoples of Arab and Islamic countries, including Qatari nationals recently hosted by the king.
Meanwhile Tawfiq Al-Sudairi, the deputy minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance, stressed the history of the Kingdom in disassociating Hajj from political and sectarian divides.
He said: “The Kingdom has disassociated Hajj from politicization and political and sectarian slogans since it was founded by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman. He emphasized that … Saudi officials always emphasize this strategic concept, from which all governmental authorities and service programs are launched to assist pilgrims. Therefore, it is always being reaffirmed that Hajj is a religious ritual that must be elevated and that it is so much purer than political and sectarian matters.”
Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman from Gaza wept as she stood in front of a photo of King Salman in the lobby of a hotel hosting the families of martyrs of Palestine who came to perform Hajj.
Ruwdha Abdulhameed, 63, pointed to the King’s photo and in her local Arabic dialect said: “I send my greetings to King Salman. May Allah give him a long life because he is supporter of Palestine … and we are proud of him.”
She said she has been termed as the “mother of a martyr” because her son was killed at the age of 25, and her two grandsons were also martyred. She said her sufferings faded when she arrived in the Kingdom.
“The sons of Palestine are your sons, and Saudi youths are our sons. Our lives are sacrificed for Palestine and Al-Aqsa, of which we are proud,” she said.
Around 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims will perform Hajj this year at the king’s expense under the Guests of King Salman for Hajj and Umrah program.
Pilgrim Aisha Abul-Qasim hopes that Hajj will be a good opportunity to pray for her son, Ayman Jibril, a mine expert in the Sudanese army who died four months ago.
Abul-Qasim is one of 10 Sudanese mothers who lost loved ones fighting with the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen who will perform Hajj this season as guests of King Salman.
With tears in her eyes, Aisha said that her son had four sons of his own when he died. She said that she has spent most of her days taking care of them since April 22, when the Sudanese armed forces informed her that her son was killed.
“The Saudi Embassy in Khartoum facilitated our travel procedures to Jeddah airport. They completed the procedures in record time,” said Abul-Qasim. She also said that the Sudanese pilgrims were given a welcome reception before they were taken to a hotel in Al-Rusayfah in Makkah.

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US mission thanks Saudi’s King Salman for generous hospitality

Arab News
Fri, 2017-09-01 03:00

JEDDAH: On behalf of the US mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Americans visiting the Kingdom to perform the Hajj this year, Christopher Henzel, chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy, expressed gratitude to King Salman; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Bentin; and the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh for welcoming the thousands of American Muslims participating in this year’s pilgrimage.
“Additionally, I extend my thanks to the people of Saudi Arabia for their hospitality and generosity toward American Muslims.”
“We offer our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid Al-Adha. We congratulate all Muslims — including thousands of Americans — who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith,” said Henzel.

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Saudi Health Ministry issues eye-safety tips for pilgrims

Fri, 2017-09-01 03:00

MAKKAH: The Health Ministry has urged pilgrims to follow eye-safety guidelines during Hajj, and avoid standing under the sun for long periods without protective eyewear.
The ministry called on pilgrims to wear sunglasses during the day to protect their eyes from potential damage by the sun.
Allergic conjunctivitis from dust during the Hajj season is common. Symptoms include watery eyes, redness and severe itching.
The best way to relieve it is by using cold water to wash the face and eyes. 
When eye problems occur, patients should use special drops, including lubricating solutions and anti-allergic drops, depending on the severity of the disease.
The ministry said another eye disease pilgrims are exposed to is inflammatory bacterial conjunctivitis, due to exposure to severe dust or using someone else’s personal items.
Symptoms include redness of the eyes, discharge and swollen eyelids in the morning.
In this case, patients should get prescription drops, ointments or antibiotics.
They should also wash their eyes and avoid using any other people’s personal items such as towels. 
Pilgrims who recently underwent eye surgery should wear a plastic protective cover on their eyes throughout Hajj to avoid dust and potential inflammation, the ministry said.
It also urged them to avoid severe stress or carrying heavy objects. 
If a foreign object enters the eye, a pilgrim should not try to remove it, but instead wash the eye and visit the nearest medical center.

Toll-free number launched to assist pilgrims

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has launched a 24-hour, toll-free number to serve and help the guests of Allah.
The ministry has allocated the number 8004304444 to communicate with pilgrims and receive their inquiries and observations, from inside and outside the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.
“Calling the… number will help pilgrims find a solution to a problem they might face during Hajj,” a ministry official said.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom has launched a Persian-language satellite TV channel to broadcast Hajj, which began live coverage on Thursday.
Adel Al-Barriah, the program director, said the 24-hour live broadcast channel will provide valuable information about the pilgrimage, targeting more than 130 million Persian-speaking people worldwide.
The channel will telecast its coverage via four satellites: Arabsat, Nilesat, Yahsat and Hot Bird.
The Persian telecast will also highlight the Kingdom’s concerted efforts to facilitate Hajj in its endeavor to serve the guests of Allah.

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