S Arabia seeks to sully image of Islam

S Arabia seeks to sully image of Islam

A senior Iranian cleric says the Saudi regime is seeking to tarnish the image of Islam.

Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said in an address to worshipers during the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran the Saudi regime’s ongoing deadly military aggression against Yemen and its killing of Muslims shows Riyadh’s intention to tarnish the image of Islam, Press TV reported.

Seddiqi also added that Al Saud has launched a "proxy war" against its impoverished southern neighbor on behalf of the US and UK.

He added that the Saudi regime has focused all of its military and security assets on the war on Yemen, and that is why it was not able to manage the rituals of Hajj pilgrimage which caused the tragic human crush of September 24 in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca.

The Iranian cleric said the closure of routes for pilgrims in Mina and the conduct of the Saudi authorities vis-à-vis the survivors of the incident proves that what took place was “intentional.”

Seddiqi also called for the establishment of a fact-finding committee for an investigation into the human disaster.

He urged Iranian authorities to firmly pursue the issue and determine the exact causes behind the Mina tragedy.

The human crush took place after two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of the holy city of Mecca, during the symbolic ceremony of the stoning of Satan in Jamarat, making it the deadliest event to ever strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage

A new tally by the Associated Press shows that at least 1,453 people were killed in the incident.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed in the incident, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say about 4,700 people, including over 460 Iranians, lost their lives.

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