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Saudi Arabia: Citizens of 160 countries selected for Hajj

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 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has finalized the names for this year’s Hajj after examining applications received from citizens of 160 countries.

“The Ministry of Hajj has selected citizens from 160 countries residing in the country for the Hajj,” the statement said.

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“All the lucky candidates have been notified via SMS,”

According to Arab News, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that the applications were tested to a high standard to ensure the safety and good health of the pilgrims.

The last date for submission of applications for Hajj was July 10, and good health was considered as the main point. About 70% of the pilgrims will be from abroad, while 30% will be from Saudi Arabia.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that anyone attempting to enter the Hajj sites in Mina and Arafat without permission would be fined 10,000 Saudi riyals. The statement said that if anyone repeats the violation, the fine will be doubled.

The Interior Ministry said security personnel would be deployed on the roads leading to the holy sites to stop violators and ensure fines.

The Saudi government had announced on June 24 that only foreigners residing in Saudi Arabia would be allowed to perform Hajj due to the limited number of pilgrims due to the coronavirus.

It may be recalled that due to the coronavirus this year, no one will be able to come for Hajj from countries other than Saudi Arabia.

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