Iran suspends Omrah ‘lesser pilgrimages’ to Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA – Report Said that ”  Tehran has suspended all off-season pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia as tensions over the conflict in Yemen escalate and amid allegations that Iranians were sexually assaulted while en route to Islamic holy sites. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has ordered its cultural ministry to put on hold until further notice any Umrah trips, also known as “lesser pilgrimages”, which see around 500,000 Iranians visiting Mecca throughout the year. The ban excludes Hajj, the major pilgrimage, which takes place in the last month of the Islamic calendar and is compulsory for fit and healthy Muslims to undertake at least once if they can afford it.”

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