‘Blessed to be here’ … first pilgrims arrive for Hajj

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Sun, 2020-07-26 02:29

JEDDAH: The city of Makkah is opening its arms again to welcome pilgrims for the annual Hajj — although only a handful compared with previous years.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is limited to about 1,000 pilgrims, all from inside Saudi Arabia, about 700 of whom are expatriates.

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