Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Riyadh that animations and cartoons of the Mina stampede tragedy released by the Saudi media is an insult to all Muslims.
“I referred to this point in my two speeches at the UN General Assembly meeting and the annual conference that in our view, the incident is not natural and normal and cannot be compensated by money and it is more important than what is stated now,” Rouhani told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday after returning from New York where he participated in the UN General Assembly meeting.
“Saudi Arabia should act upon its legal and international responsibilities vis-a-vis the foreign nationals and Hajj pilgrims and the aspects of the incident should be clarified precisely,” he added.
“The Saudi media display animations instead of showing the footages of reality (of what happened in Mina), and this is an insult to the Islamic societies,” Sheikh Rouhani said.
A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season killed more than 2,000 people and left 2,000 more wounded on first day of Eid al-Adha.
The stampede occurred during the ritual known as “stoning the devil” in the tent city of Mina, about two miles from Mecca.
At least 239 Iranians have lost their lives in the incident, while 150 others have been wounded. The latest reports said 26 Iranian pilgrims are still hospitalized in Saudi Arabia, while others have either died or been treated and left the hospital, preparing to come back to home.