Health minister to fly to Saudi Arabia today

Tehran, Sept 28, IRNA – Minister of Health Hassan Hashemi is to fly to Saudi Arabia today to examine the situation of the wounded Iranians in the Mina tragic event.

Spokesman for the Health Ministry Iraj Harirchi made the remarks talking to IRNA on Monday.

He said Hashemi will fly to Saudi Arabia after his visa is issued by Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s consultations.

Due to the stampede in Mina during the Hajj rituals on Thursday, more than 2,000 Muslim pilgrims including 169 Iranians were killed and over 2,000 wounded, including 46 Iranians.

According to reports, 298 Iranian pilgrims have been listed missing.

The pilgrims were on way to jamarāt to perform Hajj rituals there. The Stoning of the Devil is part of the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls called jamarāt, in the city of Mina just east of Mecca.

It is one of a series of ritual acts that must be performed during the Hajj pilgrimage.

By IRNA