Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The is the moment dozens of people carry out a mock pilgrimage to Mecca, complete with a makeshift Kaaba, in the streets of Egypt sparking arrests.
Dozens of people were filmed carrying out the pretend pilgrimage, complete with a makeshift Kaaba, the centre point of Islam, in the streets of Alexandria in the northern Egyptian governorate of the same name.
In the video, dozens of people can be seen walking in the streets ignoring social distancing whilst others walk holding up the homemade Kaaba.
The crowd can be heard chanting “God is great” as percussion music plays.
The scenes were recorded after the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, with traditions such as the nighttime prayers which normally see mosques packed now banned during the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia suspended pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in light of the pandemic and Egypt suspended a 9 pm – 6 am curfew brought in to stop the spread of the virus until the end of Ramadan.
During Ramadan, many Muslims fast from dawn until dusk before traditionally gathering together for evening meals.
It is unclear how many arrests were made.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Egypt has suffered 4,534 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 317 deaths.
The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.