A Palestinian Muslim pilgrim sits on a bus in Gaza City, on August 14, 2017, as she starts her journey for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. (AFP PHOTO)
RIYADH, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia has banned 95,400 individuals and 47,700 vehicles from entering Mecca for not having Hajj permits, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The commander of Hajj Security Forces, Khalid Al Harbi, said that all those who want to perform Hajj are welcomed only after obtaining the required permits.
He warned violators of legal actions, saying that the police will chase them inside the ritual sites in the city and monitor them through CCTVs and police aviation.
He assured that the concerned authorities are fully ready to ensure secure Hajj for all pilgrims.
Meanwhile, the passport department highlighted on Monday that until Sunday night, a total of 675,000 foreign pilgrims arrived in the kingdom.
The country is expecting that this Hajj season will attract more than two million domestic and foreign pilgrims.