Iranian Pilgrims Fingerprinted by Saudi Police

A02995618.jpgIn an unprecedented measure, Saudi Arabia fingerprinted Iranian pilgrims in Jeddah Monday night, an informed source said.Speaking to FNA, the source said that the pilgrims, all students of different Iranian universities, were fingerprinted and photographed by the Saudi police upon arrival in Jeddah international airport.

In another unprecedented measure, the Saudi police have also embarked on scanning passports and other documents of all Iranian pilgrims this year, he added.

According to the international rules and regulations, fingerprinting and photographing passengers should only be done about terrorists and criminals, and the maltreatment by the Saudi police of the two Iranian caravans Monday night is not bearing a good message for the two countries’ relations.

Riyadh has recently embarked on negative and harsh treatment of Iranian pilgrims after radical elements started anti-Shiite propaganda in that country.

Iran has so far voiced several protests about the maltreatment of its pilgrims by the Saudi police and Riyadh officials have promised several times that they would take the required measures to eliminate such problems.

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