SAUDI ARABIA ANNOUNCES SECURITY PLAN FOR MECCA DURING RAMADAN

12 Jul 2013 11:19
RIYADH, July 10 (Bernama) -- Saudi Arabia has announced a comprehensive security plan to deal with a large influx of pilgrims to Mecca during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Xinhua news agency quoted local media as saying. Special security forces commander Maeedg Al Jaeed said the plan takes into consideration possible stampedes at the grand mosque in Mecca and some ongoing expansion projects in the area. An additional 14,500 security members able to speak foreign languages and using sign language have been deployed across Mecca, bringing to 31,000 the total number of security personnel. --BERNAMA EE