35 expat pilgrims die in bus crash in Saudi Arabia

The accident occurred 170 km from Madinah. (Nabd)
Updated 18 October 2019

35 expat pilgrims die in bus crash in Saudi Arabia

  • Bus was carrying Asian and Arab expats
  • The injured were transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital

RIYADH: Thirty-five pilgrims have been killed in a traffic accident in Saudi Arabia after a bus collided with another vehicle on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting a police spokesman.

The accident happened on Hijra road, 170 km from Madinah, near the village of Al-Akhal around 7pm when the privately chartered bus carrying 39 passengers collided with a loader.

The injured were transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital.

Those on the bus were expats in the Kingdom and, according to SPA, of Asian and Arab nationalities.

Earlier media reports had said that 36 people had died, quoting local health authorities. 

Saudi Red Crescent Authority and other emergency services were on the scene to deal with the incident. 

An investigation into the collision is now underway.

Muslim World League, Catholic university sign cooperation agreement

Updated 21 January 2020

Muslim World League, Catholic university sign cooperation agreement

ROME: Upon his recent invitation to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) presented a lecture on friendship between nations and peoples. 

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa cited many examples of the positive relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds, a relationship that has been recently reinforced through increased dialogue between the MWL and the Vatican. He emphasized the importance of cooperation based on mutual values and natural law. 

Al-Issa announced the launch of a global initiative that the MWL will be working on to further positive relations across religious and national divides. 

He spoke on the value of friendship, lamenting the various factors that threaten bonds between people, including political and religious extremism. 


Al-Issa praised his friendship with Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, saying he was happy to see him visit Saudi Arabia and meet with King Salman. 

Al-Issa and UCSC Rector Franco Anelli signed a partnership agreement between the MWL and the university that aims to develop and improve Arabic-language programs and Arab and Islamic cultural research activities at the university. 

In recent years, the Catholic university has undertaken various initiatives to promote Arabic language and culture.  


Through this partnership, the MWL and the UCSC seek to enhance research in these fields, with plans to implement theoretical and applied research programs at the university’s Arabic Language Research Center.