Hajj Stampede: Iran Death Toll Rises To 464

Iranian officials have said that the number of its citizens who died in the Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia last week has reached 464 – … Continue reading Hajj Stampede: Iran Death Toll Rises To 464


hajj pilgrims_1Iranian officials have said that the number of its citizens who died in the Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia last week has reached 464 – nearly double the previous toll.

Authorities also said that there is no longer hope of finding any of the country’s missing pilgrims alive.

According to Saudi officials, 769 people died in the crush in Mina, near Mecca, and 934 were injured.

The Saudis have been criticised over their handling of security and for the slow publication of casualty figures.

Iranian officials alleged that the overall number of deaths is now more than 1,000.

Pakistan, India, and Indonesia have also suggested death toll may be higher than the 769 reported by Saudi Arabia.

The crush occurred as two large groups of pilgrims converged at right angles on the way to taking part in one of the Hajj’s major rites at the Jamarat Pillars.