Makkah to reopen for limited pilgrimages

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Saudi Arabia will reopen Islamic holy places, for the year-round Umrah pilgrimage on Sunday. They will scaled back and with extensive health precautions, seven months after the Coronavirus prompted its suspension. The Umrah, the pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year. It will be revived in three stages, with the initial phase seeing just 6,000 citizens and residents already within the kingdom allowed to take part each day.—AP