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Over 1.3mn pilgrims arrive for Hajj so far; 1.5mn Zamzam water bottles readied for distribution
Thursday September 8, 2016 8:44 PM, Agencies

Haj 2016

The number of Hajj pilgrims coming from outside Saudi Arabia, since the beginning of pilgrims' arrival until the end of Wednesday, accounted to 1,323,520 pilgrims, according to official statistics issued by Saudi Arabia's General Directorate of Passports.

The General Directorate of Passports stated that 1,245,203 pilgrims arrived by air, 65,594 by land, while the number of those who came by sea stood at 12,723 pilgrims.

A flight carrying some 220 Haj pilrims departed from Mumbai, India to Saudi Arabia yesterday. It was the last Hajj flight from India to Saudi Arabia.

More than 3 million pilgrims from around the world including the neighboring Gulf states arrive in Saudi Arabia every year to perform Haj - the annual ritual to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim, his dignified wife Hager and their noble son Prophet Ismael.

Meanwhile, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, represented by the Zamzam Water Division, prepared 30 trucks loaded with 1.5 million bottles of Zamzam water, in preparation for transfer to Arafat and Muzdalifah, for distribution among Hajj pilgrims.

Director of Zamzam Water Division at the Grand Mosque Eng. Osama Al-Hujaili said, in a statement aired by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), that this initiative comes as part of the program of "Zamzam water bottle for each pilgrim".

The program was launched by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, out of its keenness to make available of Zamzam water for all the pilgrims.

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