188,747 ILLEGAL PILGRIMS TURNED BACK FROM MAKKAH

Authorities vow zero-tolerance policy towards flouting of regulations.

Manama: The total number of people who planned to perform Haj, but were turned back and denied entry into Makkah for lack of the required permit has reached 188,747, the head of police in the city said.

The authorities also refused to allow 84,965 cars to proceed to the city after their drivers failed to present the official document required to perform Haj, Saeed Bin Salem Al Qarni said.

He added that the security operations to ensure a smooth Haj in which only those in possession of permits could go into Makkah have so far dealt with 22 illegal Haj operators.

“Our operations will continue to make sure that everybody complies with the laws and regulations,” Al Qarni said as he briefed the media on the latest developments regarding Haj.

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Source: gulfnews.com