Monday, September 24, 2018 4:16:51 PM
Mina Tragedy Martyrs Commemorated

A ceremony was held here in Tehran on Sunday to commemorate Iranian Hajj pilgrims who died in a tragic event in Mina, near Mecca, three years ago.

On September 24, 2015, thousands of people lost their lives in a deadly crush after Saudi authorities blocked a road in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to collide.

The crush was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage. According to an Associated Press count based on official statements from the 36 countries that lost citizens in the disaster, more than 2,400 pilgrims were killed in the incident.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say about 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives.

 

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