Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia had not made good on its obligations regarding the recent deadly Hajj incident, saying Iran’s possible response will be “tough and harsh.”
“Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction will be tough and harsh,” said the Leader at a joint commencement ceremony for the graduates of the Iranian Army’s military academies in the city of Noshahr in northern Mazandaran Province on Wednesday.
Imam Khamenei blasted Saudi officials for failing to live up to their commitments regarding the crush in Mina, near the Saudi city of Mecca, on September 24. “Saudi Arabia failed to fulfill its duties concerning the desperate wounded [pilgrims],” said the Leader.
Imam Khamenei noted, “Saudi authorities do not discharge their responsibilities and in some cases act contrarily [contrary to their duties] and slyly.” Moreover, His Eminence Imam Khamenei also lashed out at Riyadh for failing to ensure the safety of Hajj pilgrims.
“Our nation is grief-stricken; the Hajj should be a place of security; is it [called] security when the lives of people are jeopardized during the [Hajj] rituals?” the Leader asked rhetorically.
Imam Khamenei further said representatives from Iran and other Muslim nations should probe the Mina tragedy. The Saudi government had confirmed that the overall death toll from the Mina incident reached 4,173 so far.
Meanwhile, head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi had also announced that 239 Iranian pilgrims had so far been confirmed dead. According to the official, 14 Iranian pilgrims have been wounded and 241 others remain unaccounted for.
Source: Al-Ahed news