A total of 60,000 vaccinated Muslims flocked to Mecca to begin the annual Hajj pilgrimage under strict coronavirus countermeasures.
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This year’s Hajj has been limited to citizens and residents in the Kingdom who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, are aged between 18 to 65, have no chronic illness, and have never performed the Islamic ritual before.
Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all able-bodies Muslims are expected to complete at least once in their lives.
Here are some pictures from the first day of Hajj:
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