Saudi risks fallout with coronavirus curbs on holy sites

Saudi risks fallout with coronavirus curbs on holy sites

the Sun Daily - World·2020-03-05 18:30

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is treading a tightrope as it bars Muslim pilgrims from Islam’s holiest sites to contain the coronavirus, rolling out restrictions that while essential could prove both expensive and politically perilous.

The kingdom has suspended the “umrah” year-round pilgrimage over fears of the disease spreading to Mecca and Medina, raising uncertainty over the upcoming hajj - a key pillar of Islam.

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