Final Preparations Underway for Sending Iranian Pilgrims to Hajj

The Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said the final preparations are being made for sending pilgrims to Hajj.
Hamid Mohammadi told IQNA that registration of pilgrims is being finalized and educational programs are being held for the pilgrims, executive teams and managers of Hajj convoys.
He said the required number of hotel room in Makkah and Madinah have been reserved and necessary preparatory measures have been taken for providing medical services to the pilgrims.
Mohammadi expressed hope that with the good planning and preparations made by the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, Iranian pilgrims would have a good pilgrimage this year.
Iran announced in mid-March that applicants can go on Hajj pilgrimage this year following negotiations with Saudi officials after a hiatus in the wake of a diplomatic row with the kingdom.
In 2016, 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 2, 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.