Stampede victims’ bodies not being buried in mass graves

The stoning at the Jamarat went smoothly despite the stampede in Mina.

The stoning at the Jamarat went smoothly despite the stampede in Mina.

The bodies of the Mina stampede are being buried in separate graves after giving a bath and offering funeral prayers, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) of Makkah has said.

“The bodies are not being buried in mass graves. They are being buried separately as per the wishes of their relatives,” an official of the NSHR was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.

The official said the authorities are collecting all information about the deceased, like fingerprints, DNA samples and photos, before being buried.

The NSHR in its report said that the secretariat of the Holy Capital was providing all the services, including preparing and numbering of graves, providing vehicles for transportation of bodies and workers.

Dr. Mufleh bin Rabian Al-Qahtani, chairman of the National Human Rights Association, was quoted as saying that constant efforts are being made by the government under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the crown prince and deputy crown prince to make the Haj pilgrimage as smooth as possible.

“Whoever is criticizing the government has a political agenda and should abstain from that,” he added.

A team of the NSHR visited the emergency complex of Muaisem in the holy capital where the bodies of Mina stampede victims are kept. The team met with a number of workers in the joint management of the complex.

The team talked to a number of workers and tried to know the efforts being made to prepare the dead bodies for prayer and then after burial in Al Muaisem graveyard.

Al-Qahtani urged Muslim countries to educate and train the pilgrims before they travel for Haj.

“Embassies and consulates would help in identifying those killed in the tragedy and inform their relatives back home,” he added.


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