Iran declares 3-day national mourning over Mecca deaths

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei declares three days of national mourning following the deaths of several hundred Hajj pilgrims, including at least 122 Iranian nationals, in the holy city of Mecca. 

“Offering condolences to the bereaved [families of killed pilgrims], I declare three days of national mourning in the country,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message on Thursday.

“The Saudi government is obligated to shoulder its heavy responsibility in this bitter incident and meet its obligations in compliance with the rule of righteousness and fairness. Mismanagement and improper measures that were behind this tragedy should not be overlooked,” the Leader said.

Saudi authorities say 717 people have been killed while Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization puts the death toll at more than 1,300.

By Press TV