Tight security for Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

More than one million Muslims have already made their way to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj pilgrimage which begins on Tuesday.

Pilgrims gathering at Mecca for Hajj.

Pilgrims gathering at Mecca for Hajj. Image by Al Jazeera English / CC BY-SA 2.0

Two million more are expected over the next five days, with security very tight this year after recent attacks in the country that were claimed by Isis-affiliated groups. Performing the pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam; a religious duty for able-bodied Muslims to complete at least once.Read more: guardian.com and see a picture gallery here: thenational.ae

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