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Record number of pilgrim arrive in Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, 3rd March 2001
A record number of pilgrims have entered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as of yesterday, to perform Hajj, Islam's fifth pillar, this year, according to official figures made available today.

In a cable to Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister and Chairman of Hajj Higher Committee, Prince Muhammad bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, said that a record 1,363,992 pilgrims safely entered Saudi Arabia by air, land or sea, as of today. Of this number, 757,691 were males, representing 56 per cent, while 606,301 were females, representing 44 per cent, the report said.

The report explained that 1,208,502 pilgrims came by air, 132,829 by land and 22,661 by sea.

Source: SPA

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