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Iran halts pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia as tensions rise

Iran halts pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia as tensions rise

Iran suspended pilgrimage visits to Saudi Arabia on Monday in the latest manifestation of escalating tensions between the two regional rivals. The move comes after allegations that security personnel at the airport in Jeddah sexually molested a pair of Iranian teenage boys last month as the two pilgrims were headed home. Ali Jannati, Iran’s minister for culture and Islamic guidance, told local media that flights for the “minor hajj” travel period had been suspended until further notice. The minor or off-season hajj encompasses the months not included in the official period of pilgrimage to Mecca, the Saudi home of Islam’s most revered shrines. In his comments,...

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