Haj tragedy triggers call for ‘palace coup’
Primepost News Desk
Last week’s Haj tragedy in Saudi Arabia in which more than 700 pilgrims had died in a stampede continues to create ripples across the world, including in the ruling royal family. According to reports circulating in Middle East media, something unthinkable is happening in the kingdom. One of the princes (there are hundreds of them in the oil-rich Gulf State) has come out openly to demand replacement of the monarch, King Salman, and claimed it is the view of other royal members also. Salman was crowned as the new king in January this year following the death of his half brother King Abdullah.
Traditionally, the Ruler of Saudi Arabia is known as the Custodian of the Two Holy Shrines in the Islamic world. The twin tragedies in Makkah and Madinah have rattled the Saudi royal family so much that the king has become the obvious target. However, reasons for calling for a ‘palace coup’ could be traced to internal differences in the royal family.
Meanwhile, the kingdom’s arch enemy Iran continues to demand an apology for one of the worst tragedies in Haj history. Iranian casualties were among the highest with 240 dead and over 200 reported missing. Now, Teheran said on Thursday since there was no hope of finding the survivors, the missing were presumed dead, putting the death toll at 464.