Mecca, Saudi Arabia (ANTARA) - The Saudi Arabian government is increasing the presence of security forces to prevent crimes and maintain the safety of pilgrims, Public Security Director and Hajj Security Committee Chairman Lieutenant General Mohammad bin Abdullah al-Bassami stated.

"The general plan of duties and responsibilities of the Haj security forces this year was approved by the Minister of Interior and the Chairman of the Haj Committee, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz," al-Bassami noted in a press conference at the Integrated Security Operations Center (911), Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday.

He said the plan ensures quick response and appropriate steps in preventing crimes, fighting pickpocketing, and tackling all forms of disturbance that affect the security and safety of pilgrims.

He also emphasized the application of the precautionary and safe principles of Hajj by managing traffic at the security control center at the entrances to the holy city of Mecca and other holy places to facilitate the movement of vehicles, main roads, and pedestrians.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Presidential Special Emergency Force for State Security Major General Muhammad bin Maqbool Al-Omari explained that the Special Emergency Force is working to maintain security and order in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, and the capital.

The troops were also deployed to ensure the safety of state guests, prevent violators of Hajj regulations, and manage crowds and regulate their movement.

The Hajj Operations Center was also set up to coordinate the efforts of volunteers working with government agencies to respond to emergencies.

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