Saudi Hajj Chief Blames ‘Africans’ for Deadly Stampede That Killed Over 700
The head of the Hajj pilgrimage committee blamed “Africans” for the deadly stampede last week that killed over 700 pilgrims.
On Thursday 769 Muslims were killed in a stampede during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi officials blamed pilgrims for not following the rules for the deadly stampede. Others blamed the convoy of the son of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the tragedy.
About two million Muslims from 180 countries arrived in Saudi Arabia this year for the annual pilgrimage.
The Saudis bulldozed the bodies after the deadly stampede.
Just like garbage–
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) September 26, 2015
The head of the committee which oversees the hajj pilgrimage has sparked outrage by blaming pilgrims of ‘African nationalities’ for the stampede which killed more than 700 people.
In what was the worst disaster in a quarter-century to strike the annual event, 769 people died two days ago when the stampede broke out in Mina, about three miles from Mecca, during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual.
The inflammatory comments come as authorities were heavily criticised for a perceived lapse in safety measures at what is one of the world’s largest pilgrimages.
Adding further offence, Saudi Arabia’s top religious leader has now stated the disaster was beyond human control.
According to various news outlets, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported that the head of the central Hajj committee, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, blamed the stampede on ‘some pilgrims with African nationalities’.