By ARAB NEWS
Published: Nov 12, 2010 01:45 Updated: Nov 12, 2010 01:45
MAKKAH: A fire gutted a few tents in Arafat on Thursday, officials said. Firefighters from the Civil Defense put out the fire and there was no loss of life or injuries.
“Immediately after the report of the fire was received, the Civil Defense teams rushed to the scene and extinguished it,” Maj. Abdullah Al-Harthi, spokesman of the Civil Defense Directorate for Haj, told the Saudi Press Agency. The cause of the fire is being investigated, he added.
Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy said the ministry starts serving Haj pilgrims the moment they arrive at the borders of the Kingdom.
As part of the ministry’s efforts to make the pilgrimage as comfortable as possible, it has readied 31 centers to receive complaints from pilgrims at various locations in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites.
Pilgrims who cannot go there in person can call the centers that work round the clock on 5412528, 5571714, and 8002444480.
Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said all pilgrims who came through King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah were free from any kind of contagious diseases and none of them were required to spend time in isolation wards or be quarantined.
The minister made the statement following an inspection tour of the airport on Thursday.
The minister added that a medical team at Lounge No. 18 of the airport is verifying pilgrims’ vaccination certificates, which may vary from country to country.
Primary health care centers are operating at all entry points to provide emergency care to pilgrims if need arises.
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