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Hajj pilgrims climb Mountain of Mercy

Hajj pilgrims climb Mountain of Mercy
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The first main event of the five-day Hajj pilgrimage has taken place.

Thousands of Muslims have climbed the Mountain of Mercy at Arafat, about 20 kilometres outside Mecca.

This is where the Prophet Muhammed is said to have given his farewell sermon.

One pilgrim said: “I’m very happy. I am so happy. This is my dream, my only dream, to be here in Arafat.”

Up to 2.5 million people are expected to take part in this year’s pilgrimage, which comes amid massive upheaval in the Arab world.

One man on the Mountain of Mercy said: “I pray for the security and safety of my country and I pray for unity for the Syrian people.”