Saudi Arabia approves Hajj 2016 emergency plan

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, has approved the general plan for carrying out Civil Defense work in emergency cases during the Hajj season this year, according to Saudi Gazette.

This was announced by the Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Al-Amr, who lauded the efforts of the Kingdom’s government in serving pilgrims and providing all the required potentials for facilitating performing Haj rites in a peaceful and secure atmosphere.

Lt. Gen. Al-Amr said that over 17,000 officers and privates are participating in carrying out the general plan for emergencies in Haj with the help of 3000 machines and equipment. There is also a plan for supporting the Civil Defense forces with personnel from the regions in case they are needed.

With the approval of this plan, the Civil Defense have reached the highest level of preparedness to counter 13 probable hazards through a number of Civil Defense centers and units in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites, Lt. Gen. Al-Amr added.

He said the plan was based on studying and drawing lessons from the positive and negative aspects experienced during the past years.