Mecca Eid al-Adha Hajj Stampede: Saudi prince blames African pilgrims for over 700 dead – Yahoo News UK


Saudi Arabia’s head of the central Hajj commitee, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, has blamed the crush outside the holy city of Mecca that killed at least 717 people and injured 850 more on “some pilgrims with African nationalities”. Prince Khaled’s controversial remarks on undisciplined pilgrims were echoed by Saudi health minister Khaled al-Falih, who was quoted by El-Ekhbariya television as saying that “many pilgrims move without respecting the timetables [set by authorities, which was the] principal reason for this type of accident. Among the casualties of the incident, which happened on first day of the Eid al-Adha festival (24 September), are at least 43 Iranian nationals.

Source: Mecca Eid al-Adha Hajj Stampede: Saudi prince blames African pilgrims for over 700 dead – Yahoo News UK

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