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Bird flu and terrorism cast a shadow over pilgrimage to Makkah
Some 2.5 million people from around the world are expected for Hajj which begins on January 8. Saudi authorities are on maximum alert. Preventive measures have been taken against contagious diseases such as cholera but little has been done for the bird flu.
24/01/2005 SAUDI ARABIA
End of Hajj in Makkah
State-appointed preacher appeals for Muslim unity against violence and terrorism.
12/01/2006 SAUDI ARABIA
Hajj to Makkah ends in bloodshed
Death toll might reach 300 people.
29/12/2006 SAUDI ARABIA
Hajj: millions of pilgrims commemorate Muhammad’s last sermon
Today the ritual journey from Mina (Makkah) to Mount Arafat takes place. Cold weather is not dampening pilgrims’ spirit. Security measures are tighter than ever to avoid past stampedes.
07/04/2016 15:52:00 IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Signs of a thaw between Tehran and Riyadh
An Iranian delegation is set to meet with the Saudi Hajj minister to discuss the resumption of travel by Iranians to Makkah after they were interrupted following last year’s stampede that led to the death of more than 2,000 people, including 136 Iranians.
19/04/2016 14:05:00 IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh holding back on visas for Iranian Hajj pilgrims
Iranian Minister slams the Saudi government for creating “problems” in issuing visas. After four days of talks, Riyadh “has not yet offered a clear solution”. Iranian-Saudi regional rivalry and the politicisation of visas are behind the problem.
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