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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hizbullah Joins Iranian Hajj Boycott

Hizbullah has announced that its members will be forbidden  to attend this year's hajj, which begins this weekend. Earlier this year Iran announced that it would boycott the hajj, following last year's carnage in a stampede and the deepening war of words between Riyadh and Tehran.

After a smaller disaster left hundreds dead in 1987's hajj, Iran boycotted the hajj for three years.

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