Third flight carrying 90 Mina victims’ bodies lands in Tehran

Tehran, Oct 4, IRNA – Bodies of 90 Iranian pilgrims killed in Saudi Arabia’s Mina tragedy arrived in Tehran on Tuesday morning.

The flight carrying the bodies of 90 Iranian Hajj pilgrims killed in the recent crush in Mina, near the Saudi city of Mecca, has landed in Tehran.

So far the bodies of 308 Iranian Hajj pilgrims killed in Mina tragedy have arrived Tehran.

An official repatriation ceremony was held on Saturday morning (Oct 3) at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and a number of high-ranking officials attending the service.

People around the country have held funeral ceremonies for the victims today.

The crush occurred on September 24 after two large masses of pilgrims fused together.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed in the calamity, but officials with Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say about 4,700 people, including 465 Iranians, lost their lives in the tragedy.

By IRNA