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Security tight as Haj pilgrimage begins

Saudi Arabia

Security tight as Haj pilgrimage begins

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have stepped up security for the annual Haj pilgrimage, which begins today.

Officials are worried about possible protests as tensions threaten to spill over from Middle East neighbours.

Up to six million people travel to Mecca and Medina each year to trace the steps of Muslim prophets.

One of the five pillars of Islam, every physically and financially able Muslim is expected to make the journey at least once.


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