Suspicion high on Saudi hands in Mina tragedy

TEHRAN, Sep. 23 (MNA) – Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani holds that Saudi way of dealing with aftermath raises the suspicion of their involvement in committing the crime.

“The Saudi government’s behavior of not apologizing to the bereaved families of the victims of Mina tragedy and indifference to identifying and prosecuting the guilty officials raises the suspicion that the Saudi establishment itself was involved in committing the crime against the pilgrims,” said Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), on Friday in a mosque in north of Tehran.

Addressing the ceremony to pay tribute to one of the pilgrims lost in last year’s tragedy of Mina, he listed the west’s ceaseless support of Saudi crimes and application of double-standards towards humanitarian crises have embolden the Saudi government in committing crimes in different areas.

“Today, the government is most responsible for the crises, crimes, and murders in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq; it is the closest ally of the West and Israeli regime in the region,” reiterated the Iranian official, “something that brings up the big question about US claims for human rights.”

Mina tragedy, an incident during Hajj rituals in 2015 in Saudi Arabia near Mecca, claimed the lives of around 5000 pilgrims on September 24, 2015 including nearly 500 Iranians.

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