Missing Omani pilgrim’s body found, laid to rest in Saudi
October 3, 2015 | 4:55 PM
by REJIMON K [email protected]

Muscat: An Omani pilgrim, who went missing in the Haj stampede, is dead and his body has been laid to rest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said a top official from the Oman Haj mission.

“Anwar bin Salim Al Sinani, an Omani pilgrim who was missing following the Haj stampede in Mecca, is dead. His body has been buried in Saudi Arabia,” Sheikh Sultan Al Hinai, the deputy head of Oman Haj mission, told the Times of Oman.

Oman Haj Mission chief Sheikh Isa bin Yousef Al Busaidi has also confirmed the news of his death.

At around 5:15pm, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs tweeted on its official Twitter handle that Al Sinani was dead.

Following the stampede, his family was continuing search for him in the hope that they could still find him alive. His family had stayed in Mecca, verifying the bodies and looking for him among the injured.

According to Al Sinani’s relatives, he was accompanying his sister for the stoning ritual when he went missing.

“In the melee that followed the stampede, he might have got separated from his sister,” the relative had told the Times of Oman.

Al Sinani had gone to perform Haj with his mother and sister.

His brother Saeed, along with his relatives were in Saudi Arabia, along with the Omani Haj Mission officials, who were still searching for him.

According to official figures, the toll in the stampede has been pegged at 769 dead, with 934 more injured.

Quoting some foreign diplomats, there were reports that more than 1,000 have died in the stampede, the deadliest on in the last 25 years.

A total 11,200 pilgrims went from the Sultanate to perform the Haj this year, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The number showed stability during the period from 2013 to 2015.

The stability of the Sultanate’s pilgrims (Omanis and residents) is attributed to the stability of the Sultanate’s quota, with expectations that the number will remain the same in the coming years.

There were 10,015 Omani pilgrims, forming 89.4 per cent of the total number, while there were 580 Arab residents, and 605 non-Arabs, who formed 5.2 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively.

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