Politicizing the pilgrimage by Saudi Arabia
Rapporteur-Farbod Dehghani: the Saudi regime has shown over and over, does not hesitate any means to achieve its goals, and has shown its ugly face again with Politicizing the Hajj, the world.
Barbaric management of Al Saud had been killed innocent pilgrims many times.
On 24 September 2015 an event described as a "crush and stampede" caused deaths estimated at well over 2,000 pilgrims, suffocated or crushed during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The high casualties generated by the disaster make it the deadliest Hajj disaster in history.(1)
The Saudi king holds the title of custodian of the two holy mosques, and the monarchy's supervision of the Hajj is a source of great prestige in the Muslim world. Riyadh has rejected a suggestion by Shia power Iran, its main regional rival, to have an independent body take over planning and administer the five-day Hajj, which is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime.
Iran has repeatedly blamed the disaster on the Saudi royal family, accusing it of mismanagement and of covering up the real death toll, which Tehran says exceeds 4,700, without providing evidence.
In 1987, a cordon of Saudi police and National Guards had sealed part of the planned demonstration route, leading to a confrontation between them and the pilgrims. This escalated into a violent clash, followed by a deadly stampede. There is a controversy regarding the details of the incident, with both Iran and Saudi Arabia laying much of the blame on the other side. Some sources claim the death toll from the incident was 402 people: 275 Iranian pilgrims, 85 Saudi police, and 42 pilgrims from other nationalities.(2)