A senior Iranian cleric: Fact-finding committee on Mina crush must be formed

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SHAFAQNA- A fact-finding committee must be formed to investigate the recent deadly crush during the Hajj rituals in Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar, the Leader’s representative for Iran hajj and pilgrimage affairs, said in a Monday interview with the IRIB News.

“Saudi Arabia should engage in special cooperation in determining the main culprit of the Mina incident,” Qazi-Askar stated, adding that the guilty must be dealt with “decisively”.

The crush happened on September 24 after two large masses of pilgrims fused together. Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization puts the death toll from the crush at around 4,700 people. Saudi Arabia, however, says some 770 people have been killed.

Iran says Saudi Arabia’s incompetence in handling the safety at the rituals caused the deadly incident.

The Iranian cleric also said two groups of people lost their lives in Mina; the first died in the early moments of the tragic event due to high temperature and the crowd’s pressure, and the second succumbed to their injuries due to untimely medical care.

 

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