Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

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There are more than 2 million pilgrims attending Hajj. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Pilgrims can be seen at all parts of the Hajj journey sheltering from the sun. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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It's unlikely to rain during the pilgrimage - but at least they are prepared. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Direct sunlight at this time of year in the Kingdom is best avoided. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Most of the pilgrimage is spent outdoors. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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The umbrellas came in useful later on Saturday afternoon when the skies opened and a rain storm began. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
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Arab News was happy to help. (Arab News/Huda Bashatah)
Updated 11 August 2019

Arab News has the Hajj pilgrims covered

  • The umbrellas were there largely to shelter from the sun - but it rained on Saturday so umbrellas were good then too
  • It is important to shade from the sun and Arab News was happy to help

ARAFAT: Arab News has been helping keep some of the 2.5 million pilgrims attending Hajj protected from the unrelenting sun.

Teams of volunteers have been handing out free umbrellas to passing pilgrims so they can shelter as the sun beats down on them during their spiritual journey.

And the umbrellas came in extra handy on Saturday as the sky filled with large clouds and spilled out with a torrential downpour.

There are people stationed along the route to Mount Arafat handing out water and light snacks as the pilgrims pass by.

And Jabal Al-Rahmah hospital is just meters away from the mountain in case the heat of the midday sun became too hot to handle.


Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

Updated 25 August 2019

Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

  • Judge who married the couple also pronounced them dead at the scene

ORANGE, Texas: Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.
Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.
Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.
“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise.