17:01 - June 10, 2019
News ID: 3468712
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A gathering of physicians who will go to Saudi Arabia to provide medical services for Iranian Hajj pilgrims is planned to be held in Tehran on Saturday, an official said.


Head of the Iranian Medical Center for Hajj Pilgrims Mohammad Taqi Hellisaz said the one-day gathering aims to help prepare the physicians and medical staff who will be dispatched to Saudi Arabia.

He said the representative of Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Hajj and pilgrimage affairs and the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization have also been invited to attend and address the event.  

Earlier, Hellisaz had told IQNA that dispatching Iranian medical teams for Hajj will start on July 4.

He said all preparations have been made for sending medical teams for Hajj.

The needed medicine and equipment, weighing around 80 tons in total, have been purchased and will be sent to the Arab country starting from June 17, the official added.

According to Hellisaz a total of 550 physicians and medical staff will serve the Iranian pilgrims in this year’s Hajj.

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

Iran sent 86,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Hajj in 2018. 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.



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