Haj death toll rises to 769, Iran denounces 'crime'

September 26, 2015 2:56 PM

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Haj death toll rises to 769, Iran denounces 'crime'

DUBAI The death toll in a crush at the annual haj pilgrimage outside Mecca rose to 769, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, as arch-rival Iran said Saudi officials should be tried in an international court for what it called a crime.

The worst disaster to befall the Islamic event in a quarter of a century occurred on Thursday as two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers outside the holy city.

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