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Saudi Arabia sees 34% rise in Umrah pilgrims

According to Saudi Arabia's Haj ministry, the number of pilgrims between January 19, the start of the Umrah season, and last week was 34% higher than the same period last year, Arab News has reported. About 2.84 million pilgrims have come for the lesser pilgrimage so far this year, the ministry said. Iranians make up nearly 21% of Umrah visa recipients. Egyptians occupied second place with 14.53%, and Turks came third with 9.99%.