JUST IN: 5 Nigerian Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

Trevor Jackson
August 31, 2017

Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

Out of the total two million pilgrims, Pakistani Haji are around 200,000 (0.2m) and this too makes the largest number of pilgrims from Pakistan in years.

Salwa crossing is still accessible for anyone wanting to enter the Kingdom for humanitarian issues or who have relatives from Saudi or Qatari families inside the country.

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"I am also thankful to the Saudi Haj Authority for assisting and granting Singapore's request to continue extending the Singapore Pilgrims' Affairs Office's medical services to our fellow Australian pilgrims as well".

In 2017, as 1.7 million Muslims descend onto to Mecca for this year's Hajj, for many Black Muslims, it is a reminder of the struggles that date back five decades still prove hard to overcome today.

Saudi authorities have mobilised vast resources including more than 100,000 security personnel to avoid a repeat of the deadly stampede in 2015.

This stunning photo show tens of thousands of Muslims at the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in MeccaWhat happens at Hajj?

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Including local pilgrims that reside in Saudi Arabia, a total of 1.86 million Muslims performed the Hajj previous year.

Salwa is the only land crossing that links Qatar with the world with more than 1,000 trucks passing everyday loaded with supplies and an annual average of 4,000 per day.

Two years ago, a stampede and crush of pilgrims killed at least 2,426 people, according to an Associated Press count.

"We have not recorded any cases of cholera among the pilgrims and, if a case arises, the pilgrim would be isolated from others to avoid it spreading", said a health ministry official.

The colossal religious gathering also comes with the Islamic State under pressure having lost swathes of territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria.

Gerd Nonneman, a professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar, says the Saudi move was "a transparent propaganda stunt".

"More than 450,000 Hajj violators were returned after verifying they either lacked the proper permits or the ones they thought were legal turned out fake", Al-Turki was quoted by Al Arabiya as saying.

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