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Iranians protest against haj stampede outside Saudi embassy

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 01:41

Scores of Iranians protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, chanting ''down with the disloyal Saudis'' over a stampede that killed over 700 people at the annual haj pilgrimage. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Shouting "There is no God but Allah, Saudi is the enemy of God", scores of Iranians are taking their anger out on the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Their anger comes days after more than 700 people -- including at least 155 Iranians -- were crushed in a stampede during the haj pilgrimage. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for their deaths. Protesters here agree. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) PROTESTER, SHARIFI, SAYING: "It has to be seriously investigated, to take the Kaaba and Medina out of the hands of this disloyal regime." The pilgrims were crushed when two large groups converged at a crossroads in Mina, near Mecca. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Iran of exploiting the tragedy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FOREIGN MINISTER OF SAUDI ARABIA, ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAYING: "I believe that the Iranians should know better than to try to make - play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing the most sacred religious duty, which is the pilgrimage." The Saudis have ordered a full investigation... one that Iranians are awaiting anxiously. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) PROTESTER, MORSHEDI, SAYING: "If, as some evidence shows this was really done with intention, the international assemblies should indeed follow this issue and ask for documents from the Saudi government, establish committees and take this to international courts." Another 300 Iranians from the haj remain missing.

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Iranians protest against haj stampede outside Saudi embassy

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 01:41