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Saudi Arabia enlists 350,000 people to help Hajj pilgrims

A total of 1.65 million pilgrims had arrived in the kingdom by Monday

Saudi Arabia enlists 350,000 people to help Hajj pilgrims
1.65 million pilgrims had arrived in Saudi Arabia as of Monday, August 5.

Saudi authorities have recruited more than 350,000 people from various sectors to help meet the needs of pilgrims during the Haj season, according to Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah region and chairman of the Hajj Central Committee.

Al-Faisal also revealed that 1.65 million pilgrims had arrived in Saudi Arabia as of Monday, August 5.

Another 329,000 people were denied entry into religiously-significant sites for not holding Hajj permits, as well as 144,000 vehicles.

Authorities also arrested 15 people for various offenses and shuttered 181 fake Hajj offices.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Saudi Red Crescent Authority has deployed more than 119 advanced rescue teams, covering the areas of Makkah, the Grand Holy Mosque and other holy sites.

By the end of July, the customer service centre at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah received 34,397 calls, of which 390 were reports, 24,118 were enquiries, 5,179 emails and 3,297 complaints.