Two million Muslims arrive at Mecca in Saudi Arabia for hajj pilgrimage two years after stampede killed more than 2,000 believers
- Pilgrimage to hajj is seen by Muslims as an important religious duty and for many, a journey of a lifetime
- This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran, regional rival to Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia
- Last year a deadly Mecca stampede killed nearly 2,300 pilgrims with 464 Iranians among the fatalities
Two million Muslims from around the world have arrived in Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage two years after a deadly stampede killed more than 2,000 worshippers.
Shiite Muslims from Iran returned to Mecca in Saudia Arabia, following the biggest catastrophe in the history of the hajj.
Last year the tragedy killed nearly 2,300 pilgrims with 464 Iranians among the fatalities, leading to officials in Tehran criticising Saudi Arabia’s organisation of the pilgrimage.