Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

Saudi gov’t blamed for Iranians’ death in Mecca tragedy

Iran has blamed Saudi government for the recent deadly tragedy in Mecca, led to death and injury of several Iranian pilgrims.

In a message of condolence to the families of the victims, Iran’s Parliament speaker Ali Larijani blamed Riyadh for its “negligence” in a deadly crane collapse in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca.

107 pilgrims including some Iranian citizen have lost their lives in the crane fall in Mecca, with 238 others wounded.

According to Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, eight Iranian pilgrims were killed in the accident, and seven other Iranians are still missing.

32 Iranian pilgrims were also wounded in the crash who are said to be in good health conditions.


The images of a number of Iranian pilgrims killed, released by Iranian media

Calling on the Saudi officials to immediately probe into the case, Larijani noted in his message that the Saudi government should have devised the necessary preparations to safeguard the lives of the pilgrims.

He sympathized with the families of the victims and wished immediate recovering for those injured in the incident.

The Friday’s tragedy occurred when a crane crashed through the ceiling of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, the largest mosque in the world, amid high winds and thunderstorms.

Iran’s Parliament speaker added: ‘The Saudi gov’t failed to employ appropriate measures to save the lives of the Hajj pilgrims and caused the incident with its negligence’.

The accident happened at a time when hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims are pouring  into the holy city to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

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