Women police join Hajj security forces for first time
Published: 11:09 AM, 30 July 2020 Updated: 11:36 AM, 30 July 2020
Saudi women police officers have been fronting Makkah’s security force for the first time during this year’s Hajj season.
Following last year’s government announcement that women could join the military service, female officers have been able to join their male colleagues in policing the holy city for the Muslim festival.
And with strict measures in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the pilgrimage has been very different from normal.
Afnan Abu Hussein, who was among the first batch of women cadets to graduate from police service training, told Al-Ekhbariya TV: “This is a source of pride and happiness for us. Hajj is a very busy season for us, unlike normal days.”