Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued an angry rebuke to "blasphemous" regional rival Saudi Arabia on Monday, calling on the Muslim world to question its management of Islam's holiest sites.Khamenei was also fiercely critical of the Saudi response to a deadly stampede during last year's hajj, which killed some 2,300 foreign pilgrims, including an estimated 464 Iranians.Iran is particularly opposed to the Saudi monarchy's close relationship with the US and Israel.It was announced in May that Iranians would not take part in this year's hajj for the first time in almost three decades, with Riyadh saying that Tehran's demands were "unacceptable".
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