Arabia: 2,050 People Detained After Illegal Entering Hajj Locations
Riyadh - About 2,050 people have been detained in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for illegally sneaking into the holy pilgrimage site, according to local media reports citing a spokesman for the Hajj Security Forces Command.
The spokesman also added that legal action had been taken against those who performed the pilgrimage by violating the Corona Virus spread prevention protocol.
Security officials have tightened security lines in and around the holy site so that rules can be enforced and violators can be arrested, according to the spokesman.
Since July 19, Saudi Arabia has begun banning people who do not hold permission to enter the holy sites since July 19. Among the holy sites are Muzdalifah, Arafat and Mina.
The restrictions were put in place to ensure that the pilgrimage could be carried out by pilgrims safely amid concerns about the risk of Corona COVID-19, as quoted by Gulf News , Sunday (2/8/2020).
Those who violate the prevention protocol can receive a fine of up to 10,000 riyals or around Rp. 39 million.
The SPA also quoted a spokesman for the Hajj Security Forces Command, where he urged Saudi Arabians and foreigners to comply with instructions related to Hajj.
"The security forces imposed strict locking on the holy sites to enforce instructions and arrest offenders," the spokesman said.