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Global - May 7, 2019

Umrah: Plans in place for safety of Makkah Grand Mosque visitors

 

A view of the security monitoring center at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. (SPA file photo)

 

MAKKAH: The General Security Aviation Command is deploying all capacities to serve pilgrims and visitors to Makkah’s Grand Mosque during the Umrah season in the holy month of Ramadan.

These measures are part of a comprehensive plan in coordination with the security, health and services authorities.  The command has started carrying out daily sorties in the skies over the Grand Mosque, including surrounding areas, routes leading to it, and the highway leading to Makkah.

The command’s tasks include monitoring air and ground traffic, first-aid services, and providing logistical support to governmental bodies. Recorded data is transferred to relevant authorities to be processed properly. Aircraft are participating in mock drills to address potential accidents, and will be working 24/7 to ensure pilgrims’ security.

The security plan for the mosque has three main aspects: Organizational, for managing and controlling crowds; security, to protect pilgrims and ensure their safety; and humanitarian, focusing on assistance for the elderly, the sick, children and those who get lost.

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