Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad lies 45 miles inland from the Red Sea in southwestern Saudi Arabia.
Its 300,000 inhabitants are all Muslims; non-Muslims are prohibited.
Over 2 million Muslims annually make the pilgrimage to the city.
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