Hajj crowds move to Mina as pilgrimage pinnacle nears

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims journeyed from Saudi Arabia’s Mecca to a white-tented city in Mina on Thursday as they neared the highlight of the biggest hajj ritual since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Worshippers took buses or walked to Mina, seven kilometres (four miles) from Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, where they circled the imposing black Kaaba at the start of the rituals on Wednesday.

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