World News : As many as 4,385 security men are managing pilgrims in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan, according to Maj. Gen. Ali Bin Saeed Al-Ghamdi, commander of the support forces in the holy city and the supervisor of the northern and western plazas.
“These forces are stationed at the Grand Mosque and its surrounding plazas to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims and worshippers,” he said.
Al-Ghamdi said the forces are also managing thepilgrims near the lifts and escalators to organize the movement of pilgrims and prevent any crowding.
He said the forces also help pilgrims find their ways and reach their destinations, Saudi Gazette reported.
Al-Ghamdi said the forces have been issued with strict orders to deal nicely with pilgrims and treat them gently.
Brig. Fahd Bin Saud Al-Muamar, commander of the the diplomatic security forces, said as many as 1,110 security men from the special diplomatic forces are managing the pilgrims in the northern expansion of the Haram which consists of six stories.
He said more than 300,000 worshippers will benefit from the King Abdullah Expansion Project during the holy month.
Squatting in plazas is strictly prohibited so as to enable the pilgrims to take Iftar and offer the Maghreb prayer without any hindrance, Brig. Al-Muamar said.
Some 420 members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) are working in the Grand Mosque to enlighten the pilgrims and guide them on correct Islamic practices.
Director of the Haia branch in Makkah Abdul Rahman Bin Mahnna Al-Johani said the Haia members are working in shifts 24 hours a day and are also covering the central area, plazas, nearby shops, public parks and other general utilities in Makkah.
He said the members will distribute books and pamphlets to pilgrims and visitors about correct Islamic practices. – APP