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Syria Accuses Saudi Arabia of Politicizing Hajj Pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circle around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca on Sept. 14, 2016.
Photographer: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

Damascus, Syria (AP) -- Syria's government says Saudi authorities continue to place restrictions on Syrian citizens looking to take part in this year's hajj, accusing the kingdom of "politicizing" the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

Tuesday's statement from the Ministry of Religious Endowments criticized what it described as Riyadh's "political and financial exploitation" of the pilgrimage.