The officials from Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate announced that 13 Turkish citizens are still missing after the deadly Hajj stampede at Mina, five kilometres outside of the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
In the meantime, five other missing Turkish pilgrims were located and are reported to be in good condition.
The officials stated that the efforts to locate the remaining 13 missing pilgrims continue.
More than 750 Hajj pilgrims were killed in the stampede near Saudi Arabia’s Mecca on Thursday, while hundreds more were injured during the annual ritual.
The Hajj Administrative Center in Mecca, announced on Friday that four Turkish citizens were among the 750 pilgrims who died.
Speaking at a press conference, Turkey’s head of Religious Affairs, Mehmet Gormez stated that hundreds of Turkish pilgrims who went to Mecca were not at the site of incident when the tragedy happened.
Gormez also added that “According to eyewitness statements, I think there is a serious management problem. It's crucial for the Muslim world to discuss the safety of pilgrimage again.”