Iran nearly doubles its death toll from hajj stampede

Iranian women shout slogans during a demonstration against Saudi Arabia outside its embassy in Tehran on September 27, 2015, four days after some Iranian pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the hajj.
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TEHRAN - Iran on Thursday nearly doubled its death toll from last week's hajj stampede, saying there was no hope of finding pilgrims missing after the tragedy.

"Seven days after this tragic accident... the status of all (pilgrims) injured has been completely cleared and reported," Iran's hajj organisation said in a statement carried by state television.

It said 464 Iranian pilgrims were thought to have died in the stampede near Mecca last Thursday.

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