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In pictures, video: Over 2.3 million Muslims undertake Hajj in 2018

In pictures, video: Over 2.3 million Muslims undertake Hajj in 2018

The number of people providing services to the pilgrims exceeded 250,000 this year

Over 2.3 million Muslims from across the world converged in Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, advisor to Saudi King Salman, governor of Makkah region and chairman of the Central Hajj Committee confirmed on Thursday that the pilgrimage this year went on without any issues.

The black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba, called ‘Kiswa’, is replaced once a year during the hajj.

Prince Al-Faisal said that the number of people providing services to the pilgrims exceeded 250,000. He also pointed out that the health sector deployed 32,000 health practitioners, who worked in 25 hospitals and 135 health centres with a capacity of 5,000 beds.

Prince Al-Faisal also said that the number of people who violated the Hajj regulations stood at 110,000 compared with 1,400,000 last year.

The governor of Makkah region said that the holy sites train transported 360,000 pilgrims, while 18,000 buses transported 1,800,000 pilgrims.

Some of the key rituals during the Hajj include shaving the head, heading to Mount Arafat to repent, and stoning the devil at the Jamarat.

Prince Al-Faisal also said that the electric load capacity reached 17,791MW, while 40,000,000 cubic meters of water were pumped in Makkah and the holy sites.

All images courtesy: CIC Saudi Arabia on Twitter

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