According to Saudi Arabia, the stampede at the Hajj Pilgrim that led to 717 deaths had the pilgrims to blame. They said the pilgrims ‘did not follow instructions. The stampede occured near Mecca, which is the final destination of the Islamic journey. Countries, including Iran had strongly criticised Saudi Arabia’s negligence to avoid the disaster.
Meanwhile King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a safety review to shed light on the Hajj Pilgrimage Stampede.
About 9AM local time, two million pilgrims took part in the Hajj final major rite. As pilgrims were to throw stones at the Jamarat pillars where Prophet Abraham was tempted by Satan, the convergence of massive lines had created a stampede.
Iran had accused Saudi Arabia for carelessness and their inability to provide great safety for pilgrims travelling to Mecca. Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia’s “mismanagement and improper actions caused the disaster. Iranian Parliamentary Committee For National Security Head Alaeddin Boroujerdi requested other Islamic countries protest against Saudi Arabia.
A large disaster nine years ago had also shaken Mecca and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian officials had increased budgets to improve transport and buildings to guarantee the safety of pilgrims. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayyef said they would begin an immediate inquiry that guarantes fast results.