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Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

WorldNews Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persistPilgrims at the hajj will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. "It's the first time I've felt something so strongly -- it's striking," said 40-year-old Indonesian pilgrim Sobar in rudimentary Arabic. More than 1.8 million visitors had arrived by midday local time on Tuesday, authorities said. Crowds of faithful from across the world...
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More than two million Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the initial rites of the hajj.

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