Iranians begin hajj months after minor pilgrimage suspended amid tensions with Saudi

August 23, 2015 7:29 AM

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iranians have begun traveling to Saudi Arabia for the hajj months after Tehran suspended a minor pilgrimage over the alleged abuse of two pilgrims by Saudi authorities.

State TV says in a report on its website Sunday that 700 pilgrims left for Mecca and Medina, Islam's two holiest cities. Some 64,000 Iranians have permits to attend the pilgrimage this year. The hajj is required of all Muslims who can afford it and who are physically able.

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