It was tragedy in Mina, Saudi Arabia for people that went to Hajj after a stampede happened and killed more than 1,300 people that went for the holy Hajj pilgrimage, and 863 several others injured. The stampede has caused the world asking that the leaders of Islam review the Saudi Arabia hegemony and also the Islamic heritage in the context of Hajj pilgrimage.
After investigation on the cause of the stampede, the son of the Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has been fingered has the person behind the stampede after his convoy. An Arabic language daily, Al-Diyar, reported on Thursday. Salman had wanted to attend the pilgrimage and was reported to have arrived early on Thursday with a large entourage, including 200 army forces and 150 police officers.
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister
The presence of the Saudi prince in the middle of the population caused a change in direction of movement of the pilgrims and that was the start of the stampede. Since the reason of the stampede was exposed, the Saudi authorities have imposed a total media blackout of the prince's presence since the prince left the scene immediately the stampede started.
However, officials in Saudi have called the report incorrect, and the health minister in Saudi, Khaled al-Falih have blamed pilgrims of the accident, saying that they failed to follow instructions, else the tragedy could have been averted.
Stampede at MIna, thousands dead, and hundreds injured
The Saudi authorities have also reduced the number of people that died in the stampede as 717 and injured at 863, a claim the Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization have disagreed with, the Iranian pilgrimage organization claimed the number of deaths in the incident were more than 1300, and that number includes 125 Iranians.
Some other officials that have announced death tolls in the stampede includes Turkey, who said it has not been able to reach 18 of its citizens that had gone to pilgrimage,and also Indian have said 14 of its citizens were dead in the stampede, and another 13 injured and are receiving treatment.