Iran Blasts Int’l Silence on Anniversary of Mina Crush
TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization on Thursday issued a statement on the fifth anniversary of the Mina disaster and the Mecca crane collapse, saying Tehran is seriously pursuing the rights of victims.
On September 24, 2015, a human crush occurred during Hajj rituals in Mina near Mecca, leaving thousands of Muslims, including 465 Iranian pilgrims dead.
Unofficial sources, based on individual reports from countries whose nationals had been among the victims of the incident, put the death toll at almost 7,000 people.
Earlier that month, a massive construction crane operated by the Saudi Binladin Group conglomerate collapsed onto Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 pilgrims, including 11 Iranians, and injuring over 200 others, 32 of them from Iran.
The statement on Thursday criticized the silence of international rights bodies and media on the deadly incidents, saying it was only Iran that spoke in defense of the victims’ rights.
"Although the Mina tragedy and the crane collapse incident at Mecca’s Grand Mosque happened before the eyes of the Islamic Ummah, the silence of international organizations and media added to the pain of the families of the two disasters’ martyrs,” read the statement.
Iranian officials in charge of the Hajj affairs have repeatedly called for the formation of a fact-finding committee including the representatives from the countries that lost their pilgrims in the incident to probe the incident.
The Saudi government has not published an official report on how the tragedy occurred and has not taken responsibility for it.
"On the fifth anniversary of the Mina tragedy, the representative of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Hajj Affairs and Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization … emphasize that they have diligently followed up on the rights of the martyrs of Mina and Grand Mosque and will keep doing so until the desired results are achieved,” the statement read.