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October 1, 2015 10:09 am

Iran Claims 464 Nationals Killed in Saudi Hajj Stampede

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A total of 464 Iranians were killed in the stampede during Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Twitter.

A total of 464 Iranians were reportedly killed in the stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Twitter.

Iran’s death toll from the Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed, state media reported Thursday, a development that is likely to further strain ties between the Mideast rivals.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the rise in the Islamic Republic’s death toll, based on a hajj department statement posted on the website of Iranian state television, would affect the overall toll from the Sept. 24 disaster near Islam’s holy city of Mecca.

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