‘Declaration of War:’ Hajj Controversy Widens Row Between Saudi Arabia & Qatar
Diplomacy

‘Declaration of War:’ Hajj Controversy Widens Row Between Saudi Arabia & Qatar

The feud between the Saudi-led block and Qatar escalated over the weekend, with Doha protesting to the UN over restrictions on its citizens flying to Mecca, and Riyadh threatening “war” over what it considers calls to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina. Following a meeting Sunday of the so-called Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) of…

Israeli British Company G4S to Handle Security Measures During Hajj in Saudi Arabia
Middle East

Israeli British Company G4S to Handle Security Measures During Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims have to wear electronic bracelets made by a British security firm while performing the annual Hajj. G4S security company has reportedly concluded a deal with the government of Saudi Arabia to make and distribute electronic bracelets on millions of pilgrims as a new security measure meant to ‘provide care and identify people’. The…

Hajj Rift: Iran Calls Saudis ‘Murderers,’ Riyadh Accuses Tehran Of ‘Politicizing’ Event
Religion

Hajj Rift: Iran Calls Saudis ‘Murderers,’ Riyadh Accuses Tehran Of ‘Politicizing’ Event

Iran has slammed Saudi Arabia for poor management of the annual hajj pilgrimage, citing last year’s event that saw hundreds killed. Tehran suggested that Riyadh be replaced as curator, while the Saudis accuse Iran of “politicizing” the sacred tradition. “Because of Saudi rulers’ oppressive behavior towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider…