Pilgrims descend on Makkah for hajj

A child looks on as Muslim pilgrims perform evening prayers along a street close to the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah
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A child looks on as Muslim pilgrims perform evening prayers along a street close to the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A pilgrim carries his child as he leaves the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, following evening prayers on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims perform evening prayers along a street close to the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims leave the area close to the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, following evening prayers, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims leave the area close to the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, following evening prayers, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims leave the area close to the Grand Mosque (background), following evening prayers, on October 23, 2012, in the holy city of Mecca. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bosnian Muslim pilgrim Senad Hadzic, 47, who left last December on pilgrimage to Mecca by foot, gestures as he speaks on October 23, 2012, in the holy Saudi city. Hadzic said he had covered some 5,700 kilometres (3,540 miles) in 314 days of walking through Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, with a backpack weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds). Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrim women pose for picture after the end of evening prayers at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims shop close to the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims rest close to the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, following evening prayers, on October 23, 2012. Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. (AFP/Getty Images)

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