Saudi police: 1 100 photos not all of crush victims

2015-09-29 21:14
In Peshawar, Pakistan, a man who lost his brother in the hajj tragedy is comforted. (Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

In Peshawar, Pakistan, a man who lost his brother in the hajj tragedy is comforted. (Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

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Mecca - Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says the nearly 1 100 photos distributed to foreign diplomats to help identify nationals who've died in the hajj, are from the entire pilgrimage and not just a disaster near Mecca.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Major General Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press on Tuesday the pictures given to diplomats also include people who died of natural causes. Others are from the 111 people who died when a crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque on September 11.

Saudi authorities say the death toll from the crush of pilgrims in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, is still 769 people.

Officials in India and Pakistan said a day earlier that Saudi officials gave their diplomats about 1 090 pictures of those killed in last Thursday's disaster in Mina.

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