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More than two million muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MECCA – More than two million pilgrims on Monday began arriving at Mount Arafat to participate in the greatest part of pilgrimage (hajj) climbing Arafat after they spent the night in Mina amid weather fluctuations with wind and light rain.

The Saudi Statistics Authority said on Monday that the total number of pilgrims inside and outside of Mecca as of 5:00 a.m. on the day of Arafa has reached (2,368,873) pilgrims.

The authority added “the final declaration of the total number of domestic and international pilgrims for the Hajj season 1439 A.H. will be announced on Monday evening.

Video footage showed a strong wind blowing at the Grand Mosque and removed part of the curtain of the Kaaba in a rare sight. The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection announced that the areas of Mecca, Arafat, Muzdalifah and Menna were subjected to moderate thunderstorms.

Pilgrims were gatherng at Mina until late Sunday night to spend the day of purification, before heading after the sunrise on Monday, the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah, to Mount Arafat.

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