Tuesday, 12 February, 2019

Bodies of victims of Mecca accident transferred to Tehran


The bodies of seven Iranian victims of the crane collapse accident in Mecca were transferred to Tehran on Friday morning.

IRNA agency news reported that the bodies of the other three Iranian victims of the incident will be transferred to Iran after going through legal procedures, while the family of one of the victims called for burial of the body of their family member in Mecca.


On paying compensations to the families of the victims by the Saudi government, Deputy Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohasaid told IRNA that nothing has been officially announced to the organization and that such news has been merely circulated by Saudis.

107 pilgrims including 11 Iranian citizen lost their lives in an accident reportedly caused by storms in Mecca last Friday with 238 others wounded.


Iran has blamed Saudi government for the recent deadly tragedy in Mecca. On Sunday, Iran’s Parliament speaker Ali Larijani blamed Riyadh for its “negligence” and noted that the Saudi government should have devised the necessary preparations to safeguard the lives of the pilgrims.

Earlier, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that an Iranian space scientist and university professor Ahmad Hatami has been one of the 11 Iranian pilgrims who died in the crane collapse incident.

Although the Saudi media and officials have claimed that the crane was brought down by strong wind and heavy rain, there are serious doubts about the issue on the basis of some credible climate reports.

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