Hundreds still missing a week after deadly Haj stampede

Hundreds of people were still unaccounted for on Thursday, a week after a Haj stampede killed hundreds more, with national tallies of the dead far exceeding figures provided by Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom gave a toll of 769 people killed and 934 injured in the tragedy during a pilgrimage stoning ritual at Mina, near the holy city of Makkah.

Saudi Arabia has not given any figures for the number of missing, or said whether any Saudis – who constitute a minority of pilgrims – were among the dead.

A tally of death tolls from 23 countries, mostly from official sources, put the number at more than 940.

In excess of 600 others are reported as missing.

Since the beginning, Iran topped the list of fatalities at 239. But it nearly doubled that toll on Thursday by declaring that people known to be missing were now presumed dead, raising the figure to 464.

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Source News: Gulf Times