Iran death toll in Hajj stampede rises to 464

    Iran death toll in Hajj stampede rises to 464

    Oct.1, Baghdad: Iran said that the death of Hajj stampeded in Saudi Arabia last week has reached 464 which is nearly double the previous toll. There was no longer hope of finding any of the country's missing pilgrims alive, authorities said.

    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.

    Different countries including Iran, Pakistan, India and Indonesia claimed that the overall number of deaths is now more than 1,000.

    Saudi authorities have not released a breakdown of victims by nationality, but a tally of the numbers of dead released by individual countries adds up to more than the official figure.

    The Oslo Times


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