The Islamic Resistance issued the following statement: “In support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in solidarity with their brave and honorable resistance, and after careful monitoring and tracking of the “Israeli” enemy forces at Al-Raheb site, at 1:10 am on Saturday, June 8, 2024, and as a group of soldiers moved within the site, the Islamic Resistance fighters targeted them with artillery shells.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Speaker of Arab Parliament Commends Saudi Arabia’s Efforts in Promoting Culture of Human Rights

Cairo, Arab Parliament Speaker and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Observatory for Human Rights Adel bin Abdulrahman Al-Asoumi has praised the significant steps taken by several Arab countries in the field of protecting and promoting the culture of human rights, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This came in a speech by Al-Asoumi during the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Observatory for Human Rights of the Arab Parliament in its second session, held today in Cairo.

He noted the pioneering and accelerated steps to promote human rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, praising the remarkable developments achieved as part of its Vision 2030. This vision has introduced many programs and legislation and contributed significantly to the empowerment of women.

He added that this progress is reflected in the international confidence shown by the unanimous selection of the Kingdom’s representative to chair the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The Speaker
of the Arab Parliament stressed that the Arab Observatory for Human Rights will continue to strongly support the development of the Arab human rights system, promote the culture of human rights, and strengthen their enforcement mechanisms in accordance with objective mechanisms and standards.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Interior Ministry Holds Press Conference for Hajj Security Forces Commanders 1445-2024

Makkah: The Ministry of the Interior held a press conference today for the commanders of the Hajj security forces 1445-2024 at the Unified Security Operations Center (911) in Makkah to highlight the ministry’s security, traffic, and organizational plans for the Hajj season 1445. Present at the press conference were the Director of Public Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, Lieutenant-General Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Bassami; the Commander of the Special Emergency Forces at the Presidency of State Security, Major General Mohammed Al-Omari; the Commander of Security Aviation, Major General Pilot Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Duraijan; the Director of the Civil Defense Forces, Major General Dr. Hamoud Sulaiman Al-Faraj; and the Commander of Passports Forces for Umrah, Major General Dr. Saleh bin Saad Al-Murabba.

Lt. Gen. Al-Bassami emphasized that the security of the country, pilgrims, and holy sites is a red line, stressing that safeguarding the safety and security of pilgrims while they perform
their Hajj rituals until they return to their home countries is a top priority for the Hajj security forces. He added that preventing violators of Hajj regulations and those who have not obtained Hajj permits is central to this endeavor.

Al-Bassami noted that the security authorities in various regions of the Kingdom are monitoring misleading advertisements aimed at defrauding those wishing to perform Hajj through irregular Hajj offices or those who claim to perform Hajj on behalf of others. He stated that all caught in violation of Hajj regulations will be arrested and referred to the competent authorities for necessary proceedings. Additionally, security forces will arrest transporters of violators of Hajj regulations who lack permits and will hand them over to the ad hoc administrative committees of the General Directorate of Passports to apply penalties against them.

He highlighted that one of the tasks and responsibilities of the Hajj security forces is to intensify the field security presence to accel
erate the monitoring of all types of security cases and observations, respond swiftly with appropriate measures, prevent crime, combat pickpocketing, and address any negative phenomena that affect the security and safety of pilgrims at the Grand Mosque. Lt. Gen. Al-Bassami indicated that Public Security has seized 140 fake Hajj campaigns and 64 carriers violating Hajj regulations, in addition to returning 97,664 violating vehicles and 171,587 non-residents of Makkah. Furthermore, they have apprehended 4,032 violators of Hajj regulations and instructions (Hajj without a permit) and 6,105 violators of residency, work, and border security regulations, while holders of visit visas for the purpose of Hajj number 153,998.

Maj. Gen. Al-Omari explained that the Special Emergency Forces work to maintain security and order in Makkah and Madinah, provide protection for the Kingdom’s guests, prevent violators of Hajj regulations from reaching the holy places, manage crowd movement, and organize the stoning ritual in acc
ordance with security plans.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Al-Duraijan explained that Security Aviation conducts reconnaissance sorties to ensure the smooth flow of traffic for pilgrims to the Grand Mosque, ensure the safety of the roads leading to the holy sites from unauthorized Hajj intruders, support the security sectors, and provide humanitarian services in medical evacuation, rescue, and firefighting.

Maj. Gen. Al-Faraj emphasized that the forces are working to intensify preventive supervision in Makkah, the holy sites, and Madinah by implementing and applying preventive, awareness-raising, and operational measures, providing humanitarian services, and managing the situation through the Center for Operations of the Holy Sites. This includes activating the role of volunteers and the Haram Support Forces, and cooperating with government agencies in addressing emergency situations in accordance with the general emergency plan, using modern technologies and artificial intelligence techniques.

Maj. Gen. Al-Mura
bba stated that the General Directorate of Passports continues to provide services to pilgrims through air, land, and sea ports using mobile devices, security documentation cameras, document verification devices, and simultaneous translation devices. He confirmed that the administrative seasonal committees of the General Directorate of Passports are working to impose penalties on transporters of violators of Hajj regulations who do not hold regular Hajj permits, with penalties including imprisonment for up to six months and fines of up to SAR 50,000, with fines multiplying according to the number of violators transported.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Kyrgyzstan President Meets with IsDB President

Bishkek, The President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sadyr Japarov, met today in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, with the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser.

During the meeting, the two parties discussed enhancing development cooperation and exploring various national initiatives aimed at accelerating social and economic progress in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Japarov commended the deep partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the IsDB.

He expressed congratulations to the IsDB on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, highlighting its significant contributions and esteemed position as a respected global development organization.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Costa Rica President Meets with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

San Jose: President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of the Republic of Costa Rica has met with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Climate Envoy Adel Aljubeir here on the sidelines of the high-level event on ocean action.

During the meeting, Aljubeir conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with their wishes for further progress and prosperity for Costa Rica and its people.

The two sides discussed means to enhance cooperation in various fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Water Authority Concludes Visit to Netherlands

Riyadh: The Saudi Water Authority (SWA), headed by Eng. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Abdulkarim, concluded its visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 5 to 6 June 2024.

During the visit, officials held meetings and discussed opportunities for cooperation, partnerships, and research and scientific exchange in the field of the water sector with several specialized bodies and centers. They also reviewed the transformations taking place in this vital sector worldwide, and ways to improve and develop it to achieve growth and sustainability goals.

Source: Saudi Press Agency