Iran sends letter to parliamentary union of OIC over Mina disaster

Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic has sent a letter to the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC), urging it to follow up on the September 24 tragedy in Mina, Saudi Arabia, which led to the death of hundreds of pilgrims including many Iranians.

During a press conference with his Croatian counterpart Josip Leko in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday, Larijani said he has written a letter to the PUIC, adding that the issue is currently being pursued there.

The Mina human crush took place after two large masses of Hajj pilgrims converged outside the holy city of Mecca.

Saudi Arabia claims that nearly 770 people were killed in the crush. Officials with Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, however, say about 4,700 people, including 464 Iranians, lost their lives in the tragedy.

Nine days after the incident, the first plane carrying the bodies of 104 Iranian victims landed in Tehran on Saturday.

Larijani also urged immediate repatriation of the remaining bodies to Iran.

The Iranian honor guard carries the caskets of Iranian pilgrims, killed in a crush at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, during a repatriation ceremony upon their arrival on October 3, 2015 at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport. (AFP)

 

The Iranian parliament speaker also called for the adoption of necessary measures to prevent reoccurrence of such incidents.

The Croatian official, who is in Iran at the head of a delegation, also extended condolences to Iran over the tragic event.

Fact-finding mission

On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the formation of a fact-finding committee to shed light on the main causes of the incident.

Rouhani, who was speaking at the repatriation ceremony, stated that the Iranian government would press ahead with its efforts to determine the cause of the Mina tragedy and would inform the nation on the results.

Saudi Arabia loath to raise Mina death toll

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is defiantly refusing to raise its official overall death toll from the Mina crush despite the rise in the death tolls by nationalities.

On Saturday, Egyptian Minister of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din said that the number of Egyptian pilgrims killed in the incident has risen to 126. The Egyptian official also said that 110 Egyptian pilgrims still remain missing nine days after the tragedy.

This comes as Pakistan and Indonesia have also reported more deaths from the Saudi disaster.

Indonesia reported on Friday that 91 of its pilgrims died in the incident while saying that 38 of its citizens remain missing after the disaster in Mina. Pakistan also says that 57 of its pilgrims died in the crush and others remain missing.

By Press TV