Number of Iranian victims of Saudi stampede rises to 47

The head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said that the Saudi officials had blocked two ways leading to the stoning point, thus causing the stampede.

The Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization announced the names of 47 Iranian pilgrims who were confirmed dead in the Hajj stampede in Mena, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. All 47 Iranian victims are men.

The stampede in Mena killed more than 700 pilgrims and more than 800 others injured.

Ohadi, the head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, blamed the failure of Saudi security officials to properly manage the rituals for the deadly accident.

He added that the Saudi officials had blocked two ways leading to the stoning point, thus causing the stampede.

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