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Muslim pilgrims start annual Hajj

2009-11-27 06:24:40 GMT2009-11-27 14:24:40 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during morning prayers before the start of this year's haj pilgrimage Nov. 24, 2009.(Reuters Photo)

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 26, 2009. The annual Hajj started on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Hassan Al-Qarbi)

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 26, 2009. The annual Hajj started on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Hassan Al-Qarbi)

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 26, 2009. The annual Hajj started on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Hassan Al-Qarbi)

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 26, 2009. The annual Hajj started on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Hassan Al-Qarbi)

Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during morning prayers before the start of this year's haj pilgrimage Nov. 24, 2009.

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