Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Death Count From Hajj Stampede Now Believed To Be Over 2,100
AP reported yesterday that its research shows the death toll from the Sept. 24 crush of mobs outside Mecca during this year's Hajj (see prior posting) has now risen to at least 2,121. The data comes from comments by officials from some 30 of the countries that sent pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. The largest number of those killed were from Iran which says it had 465 fatalities. Iran has blamed the deaths on the Saudi royal family.