Mecca: From Asia, Africa and points in between, scarcely 1.5 million Muslims start a annual hajj in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday, undeterred by a bolt that final year killed around 2,300.
Tens of thousands of Iranians are absent since of long-running tensions between their Shiite republic and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, attrition farfetched by a stampede.
After rough rituals this week in Mecca during a Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, a pilgrims will pierce on Saturday in buses, by sight or even on feet in debilitating temperatures surpassing 40 C (100 F) to Mina, about 5 kilometres east.
They are following in a footsteps of their Prophet Mohammed who achieved a same rituals about 1,400 years ago.
The initial day of hajj was traditionally a possibility for pilgrims to H2O their animals and batch adult on water.
Then they ensue to Mount Arafat, several kilometres away, for a rise of hajj on Sunday.
Mina becomes their base, where an area of white fireproof tents can accommodate 2.6 million pilgrims.
Last 24 September, Mina was a stage of a misfortune disaster in hajj history, when a bolt occurred as pilgrims done their approach to a Jamarat Bridge for a stoning ritual.
This year’s stoning will start on Monday.
Although Riyadh stranded with a bolt genocide fee of 769, information from unfamiliar officials in some-more than 30 countries gave a total roughly 3 times aloft — at slightest 2,297.
“What happened final year is unacceptable. we saw dozens of bodies,” pronounced Oumar Kante, a Malian army colonel who survived a vanquish and says improved organization would have prevented a suffering.
Saudi Arabia announced an review though no formula have ever been released.
Still, a series of reserve measures have been taken.
Government comforts were changed out of Mina to giveaway adult space, a Saudi Gazette reported, while roads in a Jamarat area were expanded, a Arab News said.
Officials have been arising pilgrims with bracelets that store their personal data, after some unfamiliar officials voiced regard about problems in identifying a bolt dead.
AFP found pilgrims wearing a new bracelets that authorities aim to give to any of a some-more than 1.4 million true from abroad.
But there has been no figure for a series of bracelets distributed so far.
Libyan traveller Abdelati Abu Zayan, 44, voiced certainty in a Saudi organization after attending a categorical weekly prayers during a Grand Mosque on Friday.
White-clad worshippers filled a sprawling mosque, a courtyard, and widespread by a surrounding streets.
“It was an implausible feeling. Millions came to urge during a mosque and, interjection to God, all went well,” Zayan told AFP.