Saudi Arabia deploys troops to safeguard pilgrims

(VOVworld) – A spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says some 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to oversee the annual Muslim Haj pilgrimage at Mecca that begins on Tuesday.

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The hajj, is a pilgrimage that every able-bodied Muslim should make once in his lifetime (photo: internet)
 
Major General Mansour Al Turki says the security forces are members of an elite counter-terrorism unit, traffic police, and emergency civil defense personnel.
About 3 million people from around the world are expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The pilgrimage is obligatory for all Muslims once in their lifetime.

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