Saudi minister blames 'undisciplined pilgrims' for hajj tragedy

AFP , Thursday 24 Sep 2015

Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih
Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih (Photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia's health minister blamed "undisciplined pilgrims" for the deadly stampede Thursday during the hajj, saying the tragedy would not have occurred if they "had followed instructions".

Health Minister Khaled al-Falih was quoted by El-Ekhbariya television as saying "many pilgrims move without respecting the timetables" established by authorities, which was the "principal reason for this type of accident."

"If the pilgrims had followed instructions, this type of accident could have been avoided."

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