Sat Oct 10, 2015 05:16PM
Rescue workers carry the body of a Muslim pilgrim after the human crush of September 24, 2015, in Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
Rescue workers carry the body of a Muslim pilgrim after the human crush of September 24, 2015, in Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

A recent Press TV poll shows that an overwhelming majority of people believe that Saudi authorities were to blame for the tragic human crush of September 24 in Mina, near Mecca, during Hajj pilgrimage.

The results of the opinion poll, released on Saturday, showed more than 82 percent of the respondents supported the idea that the Al Saud ruling family was to blame for the disaster.

Eleven percent of a total of 20,503 questioned in the survey, which began on September 27, said no one is to blame for the disaster, while some six percent agreed with Saudi Arabia that the pilgrims themselves and their indiscipline caused the deadly crush.

The majority of the respondents - or 5,152 people - in the poll were from the United States. In descending order, others included 1,923 from the United Kingdom, 1,420 from Canada, 485 people from Germany and 255 from Iran. Other nationalities constituted more than half of the participants in the survey.

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

A new tally by the Associated Press shows that at least 1,453 people were killed in the incident. The AP count is 684 higher than the official toll of 769 provided by Riyadh.

Iran, which says more than 460 of its nationals were killed in the crush, has slammed Riyadh’s way of handling the incident and its aftermath, and has laid the blame on the kingdom’s “incompetence” in managing the highly-significant ritual.