Hajj stampede beyond human control, says top Saudi cleric

September 26, 2015 8:13 AM

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Saudi Arabia’s top religious leader says a stampede which killed 717 pilgrims was beyond human control, official media reported on Saturday, the final day of this year’s hajj.

The stampede was the worst disaster in a quarter-century to strike the annual event and drew fierce criticism of the Saudi authorities’ handling of safety, particularly from regional rival Iran.

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