Hajj tragedy death toll crosses 4,000: Reports


Riyadh: The Saudi government confirms the death toll in the recent Hajj tragedy has reached 4,173. Saudi deputy Health Minister Hamad bin Muhammad Al-Duweila said on Tuesday that he has received a photo showing that 4,173 pilgrims were killed in the tragic incident in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca.

The reports said the Saudi Health Ministry asserted that heat exhaustion and suffocation are to blame for the pilgrims’ death. The Saudi Health Ministry, however, later denied the reports. The fatal crush occurred on September 24 after two large crowds of pilgrims, who were on their way to participate in the symbolic stoning of Satan, a Hajj ritual, collided.

The head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, Saeed Ohadi, said on Tuesday that 239 Iranian pilgrims have so far been confirmed dead in the Mina tragedy. He added that 14 Iranian pilgrims have been wounded while 241 others are still missing.

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