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Pilgrims begin stoning ritual in reduced Hajj

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With their numbers massively pared down for the second year in a row due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Muslim pilgrims began a stoning ritual as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. While normally some 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world would be converging on the Muslim holy city of Mecca for the five-day Hajj, this year just 60,000 Saudis and foreigners resident in the oil-rich kingdom have been permitted to take part. The pilgrims, wearing protective face masks and queuing in groups, waited their turn on Tuesday to throw stones at a row …

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