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Saudi shows military might ahead of Haj pilgrimage in Mecca

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:11

Saudi Arabian military forces put on a show in Mecca as people arrive for the annual Haj pilgrimage. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Saudi Arabian security forces marched through a parade ground in Mecca on Wednesday (August 23) as pilgrims around the world started to converge towards the Muslim holy city for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other top officials watched the parade. Between two and three million Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca, Islam's holiest city, for the pilgrimage each year. Every able-bodied Muslim is supposed to undertake it at least once in their lifetime. For the first time since a diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and its neighbour Qatar erupted in June, the Saudi authorities opened the border crossing to let Qatari pilgrims in. Nearly 90,000 Iranians were also set to attend the Haj in Mecca this year, after Tehran boycotted the pilgrimage last year amid tensions with Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi shows military might ahead of Haj pilgrimage in Mecca

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:11