The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed and 934 injured has not changed since September 26
At least 2,177 pilgrims died in the Hajj stampede during the stoning of Satan at Mina, an Associated Press tally showed on Monday.
The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed and 934 injured has not changed since September 26. However, the AP count of the dead from the Mina crush and stampede comes from state media reports and officials’ comments from 30 of the over 180 countries that sent their citizens for Hajj.
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According to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, who is also the kingdom’s interior minister, headed a meeting late Sunday about the disaster in Mina.
“The crown prince was reassured on the progress of the investigations,” the SPA report said. “He directed the committee’s members to continue their efforts to find the causes of the accident, praying to Allah Almighty to accept the martyrs and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.”
King Salman — who holds the title of ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ — ordered an investigation into the disaster, termed as the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage. The incident came soon after a crane collapse in Makkah the same month killed 111 worshippers. This was the first Hajj that was overseen by the king as he ascended to the throne at the start of this year.
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Iran has accused Saudi Arabia for the disaster and of covering up the real death toll, which according to it exceeds 4,700. It has even called for Hajj to be overseen by an independent body. However, the kingdom has rejected all such suggestions.
“The lying and hypercritical bodies, which claim to (be promoting) human rights, as well as the Western governments, which sometimes make great fuss over the death of a single person, remained dead silent in this incident in favor of their allied government,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday, according to a transcript on his website.
“If they were sincere, these self-proclaimed advocates of human rights should have demanded accountability, compensation, guarantee for non-recurrence and punishment for the perpetrators of this catastrophe,” he added.
The previous deadliest-ever incident at hajj was a 1990 stampede that killed 1,426 people.
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Following is a list of affected countries and the number of pilgrims it lost:
Iran — 465
Mali — 254
Cameroon – 76
Niger – 72
Senegal – 61
Ivory Coast – 52
Benin – 52
Ethiopia – 47
Chad – 43
Morocco – 36
Algeria – 33
Sudan – 30
Burkina Faso – 22
Tanzania – 20
Kenya – 8
Ghana – 7
Turkey – 7
Myanmar – 6
Libya – 6
China – 4
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post