Iran says no Iranian pilgrims at next hajj, blames Riyadh

June 2, 2016 8:40 AM

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has officially announced it won't be sending pilgrims to the hajj this year and is blaming Saudi Arabia, claiming the kingdom has failed to provide adequate security for the pilgrims.

The hajj has become a contentious issue as tensions between the two Mideast powers escalated after last year's hajj disaster killed at least 2,426 people.

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