Yemen War Behind Hajj Disaster

Yemen War Behind Hajj DisasterYemen War Behind Hajj Disaster

A senior security official criticized Saudi authorities for the failure to ensure the security of the Hajj pilgrimage rituals, saying Riyadh’s ongoing deadly war on Yemen is to blame for the fatal stampede in Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca on Thursday. “A change in Saudi Arabia’s security priorities and the deployment of elite security and police forces for the aggression against Yemen and the crackdown on the Muslim people of Bahrain and the qualitative and quantitative decline in security standards in the Hajj played a decisive role in the catastrophe,” Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Friday, referring to the Mina crush incident.  He emphasized that “the mismanagement” of the Saudi government and “the incompetence” of the kingdom’s officials during the Hajj rituals are definitely among the main factors behind the tragedy, Press TV reported.  Hundreds of pilgrims, including over 130 Iranians, lost their lives in the disaster.