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Saudi Arabia: Millions of pilgrims flock to Mecca for the Hajj01:58

Saudi Arabia: Millions of pilgrims flock to Mecca for the Hajj

Saudi Arabia, Mecca
August 31, 2017 at 14:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around two million Muslims began the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj, which started at sunset on Wednesday.

The Hajj sees Muslims from all over the world walk around the holiest place in the Islamic world, the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, which takes place on Thursday.

Islamic scripture requires every able-bodied Muslim with the financial means to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

Authorities have taken steps such as deploying over 100,000 security personnel to avoid a stampede, as happened in 2015, which killed more than 800 pilgrims according to official figures.

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Around two million Muslims began the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj, which started at sunset on Wednesday.

The Hajj sees Muslims from all over the world walk around the holiest place in the Islamic world, the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, which takes place on Thursday.

Islamic scripture requires every able-bodied Muslim with the financial means to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

Authorities have taken steps such as deploying over 100,000 security personnel to avoid a stampede, as happened in 2015, which killed more than 800 pilgrims according to official figures.

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