Leader Attends Memorial for Hajj Victims

Leader Attends Memorial for Hajj VictimsLeader Attends Memorial for Hajj Victims

A memorial ceremony for the victims of last month’s Hajj crush disaster, attended by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, was held in Tehran on Sunday, IRNA reported.

The second plane carrying bodies of 114 of the Iranian pilgrims killed in the incident arrived in Tehran, ten days after two large groups of worshippers in the annual gathering collided at a crossroads near the holy city of Mecca on their way to performing a ritual at Jamarat which involves hurling pebbles at three pillars representing the devil.

ISNA said the funeral procession for eight of the deceased was held at the University of Tehran.  

Hundreds of pilgrims died in the crush, the worst disaster to strike the annual pilgrimage in a quarter-century.

Iran lost the largest number of pilgrims, with 464 dead.

The first group of 104 victims was transferred to Iran the previous day and was commemorated in a repatriation ceremony, where top officials including the heads of the three branches of government were present.