Rabat - Rescue operations for Hajj pilgrim victims at the Mina's fatal stampede that has left, as of Thursday evening, 717 deaths and 863 injured, have declared that so far, none of the identified victims were Moroccan.
Rabat – Rescue operations for Hajj pilgrim victims at the Mina’s fatal stampede that has left, as of Thursday evening, 717 deaths and 863 injured, have declared that so far, none of the identified victims were Moroccan.
Saudi authorities have announced that following preliminary rescue numbers, no Moroccan national was involved in the accident. The Embassy of Morocco in Riyadh has confirmed the statement issued by Saudi authorities.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco has sent a message of condolence to King Salman Ibn Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia for the catastrophe occurred at Mina.
King Mohammed VI wants to ensure that all Moroccan pilgrims currently gathered for the occasion of the Hajj pilgrimage are safe and provided with all necessary care in case of injury.
The head of the official delegation for Hajj and the Ambassador of Morocco in Riyadh, Abdessalam Baraka are in charge of the King’s orders for the safety of Moroccans.
Diplomatic representatives are being sent to visit hospitals and morgues in the area around Mecca in search for Moroccan citizens.
Earlier today, Saudi Arabia’s s civil defense had said they were searching for causes that led to the tragic incident. Saudi Officials have declared that pilgrims did not respect “strict instructions of conduct during the steps of the pilgrimage, particularly during the ritual of the stoning of Satan, in the Mina valley, in western Saudi Arabia.”
Pilgrims allegedly took “contraflow lanes” and ran into each other prompting the stampede, they added.