Hajj: Record-breaking crowds expected as pilgrimage begins in Saudi heat

The annual pilgrimage of Hajj began in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, with coordinators expecting record-breaking attendance. Crowds have already begun to build around the Kaaba, the cubed structure at the epicentre of Islam’s holiest site, as worshippers arrive. “This year, we will witness the largest Hajj pilgrimage in history,” if things go according to[…]

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Hajj pilgrims take off from Yemen to Saudi Arabia in first direct flight since 2016

The first commercial flight from Yemen‘s rebel-held capital to Saudi Arabia since 2016 took off carrying Hajj pilgrims on Saturday, in the latest sign of easing tensions after years of war. A Yemenia Airways plane carrying 277 travellers departed at around 8 pm (1700 GMT), an official told AFP, seven years since Sanaa’s international airport was blockaded[…]

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