Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday blasted Saudi Arabia over its management of Hajj and called for a fresh investigation into a deadly stampede in September 2015.
Preliminary agreements have been made to open an office in Saudi Arabia to solve potential problems facing Iranians during the Hajj pilgrimage, said the head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization on Monday.
A winch crane has collapsed near the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and left one person injured, raising fresh worries about the safety of pilgrims who visit the site from around the world.
The Islamic Hajj pilgrimage draws people from around the world to Saudi Arabia each year. The crowds, squeezed shoulder to shoulder in prayer five times a day, fill the city of Mecca and surrounding areas to perform a number of physically demanding and intricate rites.