Millions of Muslims begin annual pilgrimage in Mecca

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Around 2 million Muslims began the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, which started at sunset on Wednesday. Muslims from all over the world walked around the holiest site in the Islamic world, the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, on Thursday. Islam requires every able-bodied Muslim with the financial means to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.