Rabat - The tragic stampede that occurred on Thursday in Mina has reportedly claimed the lives of 87 Moroccan pilgrims, according to Moroccan magazine Challenge.ma. Mina fatal stampede killed 717 people and let more than 1,000 people injured.
Rabat – The tragic stampede that occurred on Thursday in Mina has reportedly claimed the lives of 87 Moroccan pilgrims, according to Moroccan magazine Challenge.ma. Mina fatal stampede killed 717 people and let more than 1,000 people injured.
According to the same source, the information was provided by a member of the Moroccan delegation that accompany Moroccan pilgrims to Mecca.
This information contrasts with the statement issued immediately after the accident on Thursday by Saudi authorities. Saudi authorities said no Moroccan was among the victims of the accident. The statement was later confirmed by the Moroccan embassy in Riyadh.
Morocco World News could not independently verify the authenticity of the information. As of the writing of this story, we were not able to reach the Moroccan embassy in Riyadh by phone.
King Mohammed VI instructed the head of the Moroccan official pilgrimage delegation to inquire about the safety of Moroccan pilgrims and take the needed measures in case there are persons who died or were injured among the Moroccans following this Thursday’s stamped in Mina.
The Moroccan official pilgrimage delegation and the Moroccan embassy in Ryiadh, who are closely monitoring the situation, have dispatched representatives to visit hospitals and make sure about the safety of Moroccan pilgrims.
King Mohammed VI expresses to the Saudi King, to the bereaved families and to the Saudi brother people condolences and “heartfelt feelings of solidarity, praying the Almighty to welcome the martyrs in His mercy and paradise and to grant solace and patience to the bereaved families,” according to a release issued by the Royal office.