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PHOTO GALLERY: Muslim pilgrims begin hajj rituals




A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Thor in the holy city of Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage October 11, 2013 (Photo: Reuters_

Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage October 12, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

A Muslim pilgrim looks at pigeons near the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage October 12, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Muslim pilgrims eat lunch on the ground near the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslim pilgrims walk towards the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslim pilgrims take pictures in front of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in the cityís Grand Mosque that Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslim pilgrims circle around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in the cityís Grand Mosque that Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslim pilgrims pray at the door of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in the cityís Grand Mosque that Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslims, some in wheelchairs circle the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in the cityís Grand Mosque that Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day, on a new raised walkway in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca October 13, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)