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Tens of thousands of Muslims from around the world have begun the annual hajj rituals in and around Islam's holy city of Mecca.

They are following the steps believed to have been taken by the Prophet Muhammad 14 centuries ago.

Travelling on foot, by public transport, and in private cars, pilgrims headed on October 24 to Mina, about 3 kilometers outside of Mecca.

They will rest and pray there for the night before ascending to Mount Arafat on October 25.

Based on reporting from Reuters and AFP
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