Iran’s Khamenei says Mecca tragedy should not be forgotten
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 19
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said that the Mecca tragedy should not be forgotten.
He criticized governments, especially Western governments and human right organizations, for their silence about the very bitter and astonishing incident, saying that the Mecca tragedy should not be forgotten, IRNA news agency reported Oct. 19.
The country's diplomacy system and the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization are obliged to pursue the case decisively, he added.
"Unfortunately, no country except for Iran, declared its objection. Anyway, this is not a political issue. It is an issue about thousands of Muslims who lost their lives while carrying out their religious rites."
According to the official statistics, the stampede that occurred in Mina on Sept. 24 killed over 1,480 and injured about 1000 pilgrims. Reportedly, 465 Iranian pilgrims were killed in the stampede.
The Iranian government announced that the complaints would be filed to the international courts on behalf of the families of the victims of Saudi Arabia's tragedy.
Edited by CN