July 19, 2021

Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat in high point of pandemic-era haj

MECCA – Muslim pilgrims gathered at Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat on Monday in the high point of this year’s haj, being held in downsized form and under coronavirus restrictions for the second year running.
Just 60,000 people, all citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia, have been selected to take part in this year’s haj, with foreign pilgrims again barred.
The mask-clad faithful, who had spent the night in camps in the Valley of Mina, converged on…

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