For Iran, the Hajj stampede became a chance to throw punches at Saudi Arabia
Security officers work at the command and control operation center in Mina near Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca on Sept. 25, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
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As Saudi Arabia continues its investigation on the Hajj stampede that killed more than 700 pilgrims, Iran is throwing all the punches it can against the kingdom.
The country of Iran has faced the highest known death toll in the incident with 131 nationals killed, according to al-Arabiya. Morocco was at the second-highest with 87. But Iran's animosity toward Saudi Arabia led to some questionable coverage.
Rumors from Iran said Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud's convoy caused a panic that started the stampede.
“The report said the presence of the prince in the middle of the population prompted a change in the direction of the movement of the pilgrims and a stampede,” Iran-owned Press TV said. “The Lebanese daily further said that Salman and his entourage swiftly abandoned the scene, adding that the Saudi authorities seek to hush up the entire story and impose a media blackout on Salman’s presence in the area.”
Press TV also reported 2,000 people were killed from the stampede, far more than all other news outlets that put the death toll at 717. And here's the hashtag Press TV used to report on the Mina incident.
Of course, Iran's not the only one pointing fingers at the Saudi government.
But then there are others who came to Saudi Arabia's defense.
The probe continues, and the Iranian government is demanding to be a part of it.
"Countries such as Iran, which have suffered so much, should be represented in the inquiry to determine the causes of the catastrophe and to gain assurances that it will not be repeated in the future," Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said.
By Hayat Norimine