Saudi security forces display military might ahead of Haj

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on August 23, 2017 shows Saudi's Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (C) attending a military parade by Saudi security forces in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. / AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace AND AFP PHOTO / BANDAR AL-JALOUD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDOUR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Saudi security forces on Wednesday displayed military might at a spectacular military parade held in preparation for the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was named heir to the region’s most powerful throne in June, witnessed the parade of the Haj joint security forces and the bodies involved in Haj affairs.

Arab News quoted Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif as saying that the event “indicates the readiness of the security forces to serve pilgrims, and our ability to protect their security and safety”.

The Haj to Makkah, the most revered site in Islam, is a pilgrimage that Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetimes if they are able to do so.



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