The Associated Press sought to answer that question, arriving at a death toll of at least 1,470. That made the Sept. 24 disaster the deadliest accident ever at the annual pilgrimage. And hundreds remain missing.
The AP count is 701 higher than Saudi Arabia’s official tally of 769 killed and 934 injured in the Sept. 24 disaster in Mina, a few miles from the holy city of Mecca.
“The Saudis are not for a nanosecond going to entertain any proposals to share management of the hajj with other states,” said Hani Sabra, the head of the Middle East practice at the Eurasia Group. Still, he said, the hajj deaths “reinforces a view that at this moment, Saudi Arabia looks weak.”
Unfortunately for these Muslim countries, they are at a weaker position,” he said, “and a lot of them worry about future pilgrimages, where they might not get the full quota allocated to them.”