Cause of Roknabadi’s Death Announced

Cause of Roknabadi’s Death Announced

A senior Foreign Ministry official said the former ambassador to Lebanon who lost his life in the September crush during Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia, died of extremely hot weather, thirst and lack of proper treatment. Former diplomat, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, had been missing since the September 24 crush but his body was identified after DNA testing. His body was returned to Tehran on November 27. The crush occurred when two large masses of pilgrims collided at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of the holy city of Mecca, as they were on their way to participate in the symbolic stoning of Satan in Jamarat. Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday the fate of 14 Iranian pilgrims, who went missing in the Mina crush, has not been clarified yet and added that investigations into the case are still underway, Press TV reported. Amir-Abdollahian noted that Iran is pursuing the issue through legal channels, emphasizing that Tehran will certainly continue investigations to determine the fate of the missing pilgrims.

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