2,050 people held for trying to enter holy sites illegally

Saudi authorities arrestred total of 2,050 people while attempting to infiltrate into Makkah and the holy sites without Hajj permits; said a spokesman of the Hajj Security Forces Command on Friday.

The spokesman also added that there are punitive measures; against them for their foiled attempt; to perform Hajj in violation of the coronavirus precautionary measures and preventive protocols.

The security forces had clamped a tight security cordon in and around the holy sites to enforce the regulations and catch the violators during the days preceding the annual pilgrimage of Hajj; the spokesman added.