Lt. Gen. Muhammad Al Bassami, the Director of Public Security and Chairman of the Hajj Security Committee, revealed that a staggering 17,615 people have been apprehended for attempting to perform the Hajj pilgrimage without the necessary permits. Among the detained individuals, approximately 9,509 were found to have violated labor, residency, and border security regulations.
The security authorities have made significant strides in curbing unauthorized Hajj attempts, uncovering 105 counterfeit Hajj campaigns operating across various regions of the Kingdom. Those responsible for these illicit campaigns have been arrested and subsequently referred to the Public Prosecution for further legal action.
According to Al Bassami, the security measures implemented at the entry points to Makkah have proven effective, resulting in the repatriation of 202,695 individuals who lacked the required Hajj permits. Furthermore, an additional 128,999 vehicles that were not licensed to enter Makkah and the holy sites were turned away.
Al Bassami also confirmed that 33 individuals involved in transporting pilgrims without proper Hajj permits were arrested as of Friday, June 30. These offenders have been referred to the seasonal administrative committees under the General Directorate of Passports at the entrances to Makkah to face appropriate regulatory consequences.
Highlighting the dedication and professionalism of the Hajj security forces, Al Bassami emphasized their successful implementation of comprehensive security and organizational plans throughout the Hajj season. These efforts have played a pivotal role in maintaining order and ensuring the safety of all pilgrims.