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600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj

<p><strong>Riyadh:</strong> Some 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far for this Hajj season, half of them being present in Mecca and the rest in Medina, Xinhua reported on Saturday.</p>

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Updated:September 29, 2013, 10:03 AM IST
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600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj
<p><strong>Riyadh:</strong> Some 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far for this Hajj season, half of them being present in Mecca and the rest in Medina, Xinhua reported on Saturday.</p>

Riyadh: Some 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far for this Hajj season, half of them being present in Mecca and the rest in Medina, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

The Hajj ministry has assigned 40,000 workers to serve the pilgrims this Hajj season, reported Saudi Press Agency citing Undersecretary of Hajj Affairs Hattem Qadhi.

He said the Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina received more than 96 Hajj flights on Friday, and that the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah receives over 100 flights on a daily basis.

Saudi Arabia is expected to receive fewer pilgrims this year as it plans to cut of foreign pilgrims by 20 per cent and domestic pilgrims by 50 per cent due to the expansion work at the grand mosque in Mecca.

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