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Two million pilgrims taking part in Hajj at Mecca reach Mount Arafat

14/10/13 10:15 CET

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims have been arriving at Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

Arriving on foot, by bus and by train, they came from from nearby Mina where most had spent the night following in the footsteps of Prophet Mohammed 14 centuries ago.

There are about two million Muslims taking part in Hajj , the numbers down on last year.

The Saudi government has imposed a 20% reduction on quotas of people from abroad and 50% within Saudi Arabia over fears of infections from the MERS virus. There have been more than 50 deaths from the disease in the country. Later on Monday the pilgrims will have prayers and listen to a sermon from Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh.
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