King Salman Abdul Aziz has ordered hosting 2,000 members of families of Yemeni
soldiers and resistance fighters killed in battles in their country for the
Hajj, a Saudi government minister has said.
Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military alliance fighting Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi militants in support of the internationally recognized government there.
Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdul Latif Al Shaikh said that the royal gesture reflects the Saudi monarch’s continued care for the Yemenis.
“This generous gesture comes in appreciation of the heroic sacrifices made by the martyrs and in recognition of their defense of religion, the unity of Yemen and its territorial integrity,” the minister added, according to the official Saudi news agency. In recent weeks, the Saudi king has hosted thousands of Muslims from different parts of the world to perform the Hajj.