Iranian pilgrims in good state: Hajj official

IRNA – Despite misinformation spread about Iranian Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, they are in a good state, head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Organization said on Friday.

‘Iranians are performing their Hajj rituals and pilgrimage in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina comfortably,’ Supreme Leader’s Representative for Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs Ali Qazi Asgar said in a meeting with Iranian managers and heads of Iranian pilgrim groups in Medina.

Many Saudi officials have stressed that Riyadh remains to be committed to provide efficient services to the Iranian Hajj pilgrims.

Iran stopped sending pilgrims to Hajj over security concerns after two deadly incidents claimed the lives of more than 470 Iranian pilgrims during the Hajj rituals in 2015 when some 4,700 people lost their lives in a human stampede in Mina, near Mecca.

Earlier, a massive construction crane had collapsed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 pilgrims, including 11 Iranians, and injuring over 200 others, among them 32 Iranian nationals.

Iran announced that it would not send its pilgrims to the annual Islamic gathering unless the Saudi officials guarantee the formers’ security, safety and dignity.