Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrims take part in 'Stoning of the Devil' ceremony

Hajj pilgrims took part in the customary 'Stoning of the Devil' ceremony in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca on Sunday, the last major ritual of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims are required to throw at least 49 pebbles at three separate walls during the ritual, which lasts two days. This year's pebbles were reportedly sterilised as a precaution against coronavirus, along with social distance markers put in place for those throwing stones. Normally attracting nearly 2.5 million visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the pilgrimage this year has consisted of a small group of fewer than 10,000 individuals already present in the country, after authorities decided to bar overseas travellers from participating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saudi Arabia has registered close to 280,000 cases of coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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