2006 News Story

Pilgrims perform stoning of the devil at Jamarat without incident

More than two million Hajj pilgrims performed the stoning of the devil ritual at Jamarat without incident today.

Saudi authorities went to great lengths to ensure that pilgrims were able to perform the ritual safely and to limit overcrowding. Expansion of the Jamarat Bridge allowed a smooth flow of pilgrims in and out of the area, while security forces prevented people from camping out on or near the bridge.

Despite a record number of pilgrims this year the facilities were able to accommodate them, and food supplies were plentiful and affordable. Communications networks also enabled pilgrims to remain in contact with friends and family around the world.

Pilgrims from around the world praised the arrangements for this year's Hajj, especially the medical and security services, and said that they had exceeded expectations.