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    Mina Projects Aim to Increase Pilgrim Safety MAKKAH, 20 December 2006 — Several large construction projects have been undertaken in Mina with the aim of
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      Mina Projects Aim to Increase Pilgrim Safety

      MAKKAH, 20 December 2006 — Several large construction projects have
      been undertaken in Mina with the aim of increasing the safety of
      pilgrims. The most notable among them is the new multilevel Jamrat
      Bridge. The first phases of the project have already been handed
      over to the authorities.

      The underground level of the bridge is intended mainly for the
      emergency services, such as taking the injured to hospital through a
      connected tunnel without disturbing pilgrim movements at other parts
      of the Jamrat.

      Another important work is the lengthening of Souk Al-Arab and
      Jawhara tunnels in the western side of Jamrat. A two-kilometer link
      between King Faisal Tunnel and the Rabita Road has been constructed.
      It starts from the Khayf Mosque in the east of the Jamrat and ends
      at the Sedaqi Street in the western side.

      The squares surrounding the Jamrat Bridge have been secured in such
      a way that pilgrims will not be able to sleep or camp there posing a
      serious threat to the safety of those who go to or return from the
      Jamrat.

      Two bus depots with a total capacity for 500 buses have been
      constructed on the western side of the Jamrat. A considerable part
      of the northern hills west of the Jamrat has been leveled to
      facilitate the construction of a road starting from King Fahd Road
      and leading to the west of the Jamrat.

      An eight-story medical tower with a helipad has been completed. A
      project to construct six residential towers with 12 stories in each
      tower on the foot of the Mina hills is also under way. The buildings
      that were removed in the area include the Mina Hospital building and
      the Hajj Ministry building facing the Khayf Mosque.

      By Monday night, 1,039,963 pilgrims have arrived in the holy cities
      from abroad, with their number increasing in thousands by the hour,
      Director General of the Passport Department Maj. Gen. Salem Al-
      Belaihed announced yesterday.

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