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SAUDI ARABIA: Rains lash pilgrims, as pilgrims stone the devil

November 18, 2010 |  6:39 am


Violent storms Wednesday wreaked havoc on the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia but didn't cause any notable injuries or halt the processions.

Around 2.8 million people took part in the pilgrimage this year, a religious requirement for any able-bodied Muslim. It is the largest annual gathering of people anywhere in the world. 

-- Los Angeles Times

Photo: Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual Hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. Credit: Hassan Ammar / Associated Press