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Millions of Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

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Millions of Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

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More than a million Muslims have been arriving in Saudi Arabia’s sacred city of Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

The journey is a duty that all able-bodied Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetime.

As Friday is the first official day of the Hajj, all pilgrims are expected to start their trip at Mina,a small village east of Mecca, where they will spend the day worshipping before heading to Arafat mountain.

Saudi authorities have spent freely to avoid a repeat of the deadly incidents which have marred the Hajj in the past, such as stampedes and fires.