Iran Threatens Saudi Arabia after Hajj Stampede

Rescue workers attend to victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

By John King SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Supreme Leader of Iran has threatened Saudi Arabia with retaliation after not being satisfied with how quickly the victims of the Hajj Stampede have been returned to their home of Iran, according to CNN. The Hajj is an annual journey for people of Islamic faith to Mecca, and is a mandatory duty for people of the faith.


“Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction will be tough and harsh,” claimed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while speaking at a military academy on Wednesday.


This argument between the two nations began after both countries claimed different death tolls following last Thursday’s stampede. The state-run Saudi Press Agency has claimed a death toll of 769 people, while PressTV or Iran has claimed a death toll of 4,173.


Khamenei believes Saudi Arabia has a duty to uphold after this tragedy.


“Saudi Arabia’s rulers, instead of shifting blame (to others), must accept their responsibility in this heavy mishap by apologizing to the Islamic Ummah and their bereft families, and meeting their obligations to that effect,” said Khamenei


Today the Iran Foreign Ministry called for the Saudi charge d’affaires, a person who stands in for an ambassador, giving their warning of repercussions of not returning the victims, according to the Iran state-run Mehr News Agency.