Ex-Diplomat Who Died in Hajj Crush Honored

Ex-Diplomat Who Died in Hajj Crush Honored

The body of former ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, who went missing during a deadly Hajj incident about two months ago, was carried in a funeral procession after the Friday prayers at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Mosalla (prayer grounds) before being buried in Lavizan district, northeast of Tehran.
The body of the diplomat, who was identified among the victims of the incident on Wednesday, was transferred to Tehran earlier in the day.
A ceremony was held at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport to honor him.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Saudis' poor management prolonged the process of identifying the body.
"The details surrounding the death of late Ghazanfar Roknabadi will be released after conducting genetic tests," Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted by IRNA as saying.
Saudi officials announced that nearly 770 pilgrims died in the September 24 stampede, when two groups of worshippers converged at a crossroads in Mina, 6 kilometers from Mecca, on their way to performing the stoning-of-the-devil ritual in Jamarat.
However, Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization put the overall death toll at about 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranians.
IRNA said 17 Iranian pilgrims are still missing.

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