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| 17 August, 2017

Qatari pilgrims begin entering Saudi Arabia after border opened

Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gathered to perform Umrah or Hajj at the Haram Mosque in Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gathered to perform Umrah or Hajj at the Haram Mosque in Mecca.

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Fifty Qatari pilgrims entered Saudi territory on Thursday after authorities opened the border crossing for the first time since a Gulf diplomatic rift in June.

RIYADH, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Fifty Qatari pilgrims entered Saudi territory for the annual haj pilgrimage on Thursday after authorities opened the border crossing for the first time since a Gulf diplomatic rift in June, Al Arabiya TV reported.

The pilgrims entered as guests of the Saudi king, Al Arabiya said.

(Reporting by Katie Paul, editing by Larry King) ((Katie.Paul@thomsonreuters.com;))