More Than 170,000 Iranians Sign Up for 2019 Hajj

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

TEHRAN (IQNA) –  More than 170,000 Iranians have so far signed up for the Hajj pilgrimage of 2019.

According to the public relations office of the Leader’s Representative Office for Hajj, they registered their name after a call by Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization.

This is while the quota agreed by Saudi Arabia for Iran’s pilgrims in the 2019 Hajj is 86,500.

 According to the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization officials, some 1.3 million Iranians who signed up some ten years ago for attending Hajj are in line for making the pilgrimage.

Iran sent 86,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year. In 2017 some 85,000 Iranians made the pilgrimage.

A year earlier, more than 1.8 million pilgrims attended Hajj but Iranians stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following a deadly crush of people during the 2015 pilgrimage.

On September 24, 2015, thousands of people lost their lives in the deadly crush after Saudi authorities blocked a road in Mina during a ritual, forcing large crowds of pilgrims to collide.

The crush was the deadliest incident in the history of the pilgrimage. According to an Associated Press count based on official statements from the 36 countries that lost citizens in the disaster, more than 2,400 pilgrims were killed in the incident.

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