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In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj

More than 1.8 million Muslims from across the world gathered from sunrise at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Makkah.

In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah, on September 12, 2016. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command in the holy city of Makkah. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims gather to perform noon and afternoon prayers at Namira Mosque in Mount Arafat, southeast of the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on September 11, 2016. More than 1.8 million Muslims from across the world gathered from sunrise at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Makkah. They will spend the most important day of the hajj in prayer and reading from the Quran. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah, on September 12, 2016. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command in the holy city of Makkah. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah, on September 12, 2016. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command in the holy city of Makkah. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah, on September 12, 2016. Pilgrims pelt pillars symbolizing the devil with pebbles to show their defiance on the third day of the hajj as Muslims worldwide mark the Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command in the holy city of Makkah. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims gather to perform noon and afternoon prayers at Namira Mosque in Mount Arafat, southeast of the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on September 11, 2016. More than 1.8 million Muslims from across the world gathered from sunrise at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Makkah. They will spend the most important day of the hajj in prayer and reading from the Quran. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on September 11, 2016 Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrim join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on September 11, 2016. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims arrive at Mount Arafat where the Prophet Mohammed (sal) is believed to have given his final sermon, near the holy city of Makkah, on September 11, 2016. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
A Muslim pilgrim reads a copy of the Koran, Islam's holy book, as he joins one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on September 11, 2016 Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on September 11, 2016 Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims walk towards a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat on September 10, 2016 to prepare for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the Saudi holy city of Makkah. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of Islam's the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. The numbers are down because of the absence of 64,000 Iranians over tensions between their Shiite nation and the Sunni-dominated kingdom. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on September 11, 2016 Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on September 10 night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (sal) gave his last hajj sermon. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Muslim pilgrims walk towards a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat on September 10, 2016 to prepare for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the Saudi holy city of Makkah. The pilgrims will mark September 11 with day-long prayers and recitals of Islam's the Quran holy book at the spot in western Saudi Arabia where they believe their Prophet Mohammed (Sal) gave his last hajj sermon. The numbers are down because of the absence of 64,000 Iranians over tensions between their Shiite nation and the Sunni-dominated kingdom. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Nearly 2 million in Mecca for first post-stampede haj
Saudi soldiers are seen on duty at the command and control operation center in Mina near the holy city of Makkah, on September 13, 2016. The control centre monitors footage from over 5000 cameras streaming live videos of the 1.8 million pilgrims from all over the world taking part in the annual hajj. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)