Nearly two million pilgrims attended this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca in which last September 24 have died about 5000 pilgrims (maybe more). The silence of the international media and some doubts about the incident are outlining a framework certainly not transparent. The Islamic Republic of Iran even after several weeks asking explanations and demands the return of Iranians body.
The reaction of Iran
Immediately after the accident Iran every year sees hundreds of pilgrims go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia has been accused of negligence and mismanagement regarding the implementation of the necessary security measures. Supreme Leader Khamenei has declared three days of mourning still asking explanations on the incident.
Just to shed light on the affair still unclear, the Supreme Leader said it would be a ‘Committee for the truth’. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran (Pasdaran), announced that the Revolutionary Guards are ready to show a rapid and violent reaction of Iran, in obedience to any order of Imam Khamenei , chief of the Iranian armed forces, to force the Saudi regime to assume its responsibility for the hecatomb of Mecca.
To date, the number of Iranians died is approximately 450. The true causes of death of thousands of pilgrims are still to be clarified. At first the cause of the massacre was attributed to the closure of some roads the 204 and 215 in the city of Mina. According to Fars News agency, later picked up by other news agencies, the son of the Saudi monarch and heir to the throne, Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, that day had decided to make a pilgrimage private.
For him and his ten companions, Saudi officials had in fact closed two of the three lanes. The escort of the king’s son, made up of 200 soldiers and 150 policemen then forced people to transit through a narrow passage leading to the overcrowding of the road with its asphyxiation. There are dates other theories that are taking shape in these days thanks to the testimonies of survivors.
In an interview with the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, the Middle East expert, Hani al-Shoukri, it has suggested that there is irrefutable evidence of the use of poison gas used deliberately by the Saudi security forces to gas the pilgrims. This theory would be easily demonstrated with an autopsy and suspicions would be motivated by the fact that these bodies do not exhibit any kind of fracture.
There is also Iran who cries in the plot as Ali Younesi, senior assistant to the president of Iran and former Intelligence Minister, declaring the possible involvement of the Mossad, the Israeli spy agency behind the massacre in Mecca.
The bodies returned to Iran
The Saudi authorities have banned any country to investigate the incident on site and some countries have an obligation not to deal with the issue in the national media. So far the bodies of 308 Iranian (Hajj) pilgrims died in the tragedy of Mina returned to Tehran. Missing several Iranians; missing are not among the bodies returned and are not found in hospitals, but are simply ‘disappeared’.
Someone supposedly been arrested, perhaps to be used as ‘hostages’ if it were necessary. Immediately after the massacre some survivors say they saw large containers loaded on the bodies of deceased pilgrims over which was poured the liquid chemical to not create epidemics. Some say that the state regulations have tampered with the temperature inside the container so as to cause deformities and swelling to make them unrecognizable.
Saudi authorities would in fact want to bury all the pilgrims who died in mass graves. Iran instead has categorically rejected this claim burial and even today the return of all its ‘martyrs’ to commemorate them with a state funeral.