Makkah’s Grand Mosque empties for ‘steriliisation’

Saudi Arabia emptiees the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam, for sterilization due to fear of the new CronaVirus on Thursday, an unpreccedented move after the Kingdom suspended the year-round pilgrimage of Umrah.

State television broadcast breathtaking pictures of an empty area with white tiles around the Kaaba – in the Great Mosque of Mecca, which is usually filled with tens of thousands of pilgrims.

The move was a “temporary preventive measure,” but the upper floors of the Grand Mosque were still open for prayer, a Saudi official told AFP. He called this measure “unprecedented.”

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