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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 17:59 GMT
In pictures: Hajj climax
Saudi authorities have stepped up controls on millions of Muslims taking part in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, a day after 14 people were crushed to death in a stampede.

Pilgrims stone a pillar representing the devil
Around two million pilgrims took part on Wednesday in the ritual stoning of pillars representing Satan at Mina, near Mecca

A Saudi Arabian policeman observes the area around the stoning site
Police have stepped up security at the Hajj, or pilgrimage, after 14 people were crushed to death on Tuesday

Pilgrims throw stones
The stoning of the pillars, which symbolises the rejection of earthly temptations, will be repeated on Thursday

Saudi Arabian medical workers giving first aid to a pilgrim who was suffering from exhaustion
Even without stampedes, the heat and crowds can prove too much for many

A Saudi Arabian policeman observes the stoning spot
Police have 300 cameras trained on the crowds in an attempt to keep them under control

A pilgrim walks to the stoning site
All Muslims are supposed to make the pilgrimage once in their lifetime

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