Muslim pilgrims throng Mina as annual hajj begins

13 Oct


By Omar Hasan

MINA (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Some two million Muslims streamed into Mina Valley from the holy city of Mecca on the annual hajj pilgrimage Sunday, their numbers reduced over health fears and Saudi cuts.

Authorities announced at noon that all the pilgrims had reached Mina from nearby Mecca, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Mohammed some 14 centuries ago.

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