PILGRIMS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/PILGRIMS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj amid Ebola scare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58481011-68/saudi-hajj-kingdom-pilgrims.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58481011-68/saudi-hajj-kingdom-pilgrims.html.csp">Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj amid Ebola scare</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOKHTAR SHEHATA and BENJAMIN WIACEK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-10-02T10:19:08.342-06:00">Updated Oct 2, 2014 10:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mecca, Saudi Arabia • Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the countries hardest hit in the Ebola epidemic — from getting visas as a precaution against the virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584810112014-10-02T10:19:08.342-06:00" id="#license-2014-10-02T10:19:08.342-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58481011@www.sltrib.com Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:19:08 MDT