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Iran honours dead as more hajj victims return home

Iran honours dead as more hajj victims return home

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TEHRAN: Ceremonies took place across Iran on Sunday to honour citizens killed in a stampede at the hajj, as a second plane returned the bodies of 114 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. The latest repatriation of corpses from the giant September 24 crush came after 104 bodies were brought home on Saturday, leaving 246 of the country’s 464 declared victims yet to be returned. Iran has the highest death toll among the countries affected by the tragedy. Egypt was second worst hit with 138 dead and 96 still missing. Thousands attended a procession for the dead in central Tehran with similar events taking place in provincial capitals. Iran’s hajj organisation chief Said Ohadi said late Saturday that 205 more bodies had been located, state television reported.      —AFP