Hajj started in Saudi Arabia on Saturday under severe COVID-19 precautionary measures, the second year in a row the annual Islamic ritual has been held during extenuating circumstances.
Pilgrims began to flock to Mecca early on Saturday morning in anticipation of the start of the ritual, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and a rite for every able-bodied Muslim.
Mecca would usually welcome over 2.5 million Muslims from around the world for Hajj. Nevertheless, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Hajj has been restricted to only 60,000 people living in Saudi Arabia who have been vaccinated against the virus.
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