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Socially distanced haj pilgrimage begins

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2020. For the first time in the modern era, amidst efforts to curb COVID-19, Muslims from abroad will be unable to attend the pilgrimage. This year's event has been limited to about 1,000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia, 70% of whom will be foreign residents of the kingdom. The remaining 30% will be drawn from Saudi healthcare workers and security personnel who have recovered from the coronavirus, as a gesture of thanks for their sacrifice.

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Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2020. For the first time in the modern era, amidst efforts to curb...more

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2020. For the first time in the modern era, amidst efforts to curb COVID-19, Muslims from abroad will be unable to attend the pilgrimage. This year's event has been limited to about 1,000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia, 70% of whom will be foreign residents of the kingdom. The remaining 30% will be drawn from Saudi healthcare workers and security personnel who have recovered from the coronavirus, as a gesture of thanks for their sacrifice. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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An Imam of the Grand Mosque delivers a Friday prayers religious sermon in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An Imam of the Grand Mosque delivers a Friday prayers religious sermon in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An Imam of the Grand Mosque delivers a Friday prayers religious sermon in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim prays at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim prays at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim prays at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims, wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims walk wearing face masks as they head to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims walk wearing face masks as they head to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims walk wearing face masks as they head to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance and wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance and wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims, keeping social distance and wearing face masks, cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, as they pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A general view shows Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks and maintaining social distancing as they pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks and maintaining social distancing as they pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks and maintaining social distancing as they pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfect the floor as Muslim pilgrims pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfect the floor as Muslim pilgrims pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfect the floor as Muslim pilgrims pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims receive food as they sit in a tent on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims receive food as they sit in a tent on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims receive food as they sit in a tent on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims queue as they head to Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims queue as they head to Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims queue as they head to Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim wears a protective face mask as he prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wears a protective face mask as he prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wears a protective face mask as he prays on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. 

Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask prays around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask prays around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask prays around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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An aerial view shows tents of Muslim pilgrims in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An aerial view shows tents of Muslim pilgrims in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An aerial view shows tents of Muslim pilgrims in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask has his temperature checked as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask has his temperature checked as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask has his temperature checked as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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An aerial view of tents prepared for Muslim pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca, July 28, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An aerial view of tents prepared for Muslim pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca, July 28, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

An aerial view of tents prepared for Muslim pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca, July 28, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims walk at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims walk at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims walk at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask carries his luggage as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask carries his luggage as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim pilgrim wearing a protective face mask carries his luggage as he arrives in Mina, July 29, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray around the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims maintain social distancing as they circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks arrive to circle the Kaaba, July 29, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A Muslim man perfumes the Muslim holy Black Stone at the Grand mosque, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim man perfumes the Muslim holy Black Stone at the Grand mosque, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A Muslim man perfumes the Muslim holy Black Stone at the Grand mosque, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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A view shows the Kaaba at the Grand mosque during the Haj, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A view shows the Kaaba at the Grand mosque during the Haj, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

A view shows the Kaaba at the Grand mosque during the Haj, July 26, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS
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