Saudi Arabia: Man arrested for attempting to storm Grand Mosque pulpit during Friday sermon

Cairo: Saudi authorities arrested a man for causing a disturbance at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the Friday sermon.

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Security forces in the mosque arrested the man after he attempted to reach the pulpit during the sermon, a spokesman for the Mecca police said.

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“Disciplinary procedures have been taken with him,” the official added without details.

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An online video shows a man clad in the Umrah white-snow attire dashing towards the pulpit, before security guards overpower him.

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In October, Saudi Arabia set into motion a plan for gradual resumption of the Umrah or minor pilgrimage after suspension of around seven months amid stringent precautions against COVID-19.

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The first phase of the plan, which began on October 4, allowed 6,000 Umrah pilgrims from inside the kingdom per day into the mosque.

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The second went into effect on October 18, allowing about 40,000 worshippers and 10,000 pilgrims a day into the site.

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As many as 20,000 Umrah pilgrims and 60,000 worshipers per day were allowed into the mosque according to the third phase that started in November.

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