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Saudi Arabia to fine Hajj permit violators

Makkah, July 13, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announces the imposing of a fine of 10,000 Saudi riyals ($2,666) for violators entering the holy sites in Mecca without a permit during the upcoming Hajj season, which will be held in a limited capacity this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, AlArabiya reports.

A statement from the Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior said the fine would come into effect from July 19 (28 of Dhul Qadah) until August 2 (12 of Dhul Hijjah).

The fine would double to 20,000 Saudi riyals ($5,332) for repeat offenders.

“An official source at the Ministry of Interior called on all citizens and residents to abide by the instructions for the pilgrimage season this year, stressing that security officers will begin their duties in all roads and paths leading up to the holy sites to prevent violations and control any attempt to enter the areas during the specified period,” a statement from the interior ministry released on the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) read.



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