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600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Riyadh, Sep 29 (IANS) 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 Saturday.

Published: 29th September 2013 11:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2013 11:41 AM   |  A+A-

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 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 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 percent and domestic pilgrims by 50 percent due to the expansion work at the grand mosque in Mecca.

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