In photos: Socially distanced Hajj 2020
Muslims, wearing masks and following social distancing measures, began downsized Hajj pilgrimage amid coronavirus pandemic. It is one of the largest annual gatherings anywhere, and one of towering importance in Islam.
Muslim worshipers observed the first rituals of an historic Hajj on Wednesday, with around 1,000 worshippers adhering to "safety bubbles" and social distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally, over 2 million pilgrims flock to Saudi Arabia's holy cities of Mecca and Medina to attend the Hajj. But this year only around 1,000 worshipers are at the annual pilgrimage after Saudi authorities imposed strict crowd control and hygiene measures because of fears of the pandemic. For the first time in decades, international travellers have been barred from the Hajj.
Take a look at photos from this year's "unprecedented" Hajj: