Over 200 killed, 450 injured in Mecca stampede

New Delhi: In another tragic incident at Mecca, 220 people are feared dead and more than 450 injured in a stampede during Haj pilgrimage outside Mecca. Meanwhile 4,000 pilgrims have been rescued so far.

The stamped took place during the devil-stoning ritual in which Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls in Mina. Thursday was the last day of the Haj pilgrimage and the holy place accommodated around 20-30 lakh pilgrims.

Reports suggested that there was a rumour spread leading to massive commotion in the complex.

According to Saudi officials a total of 13,74,206 foreign pilgrims have arrived for Haj this year.

The tragedy comes 13 days after a massive construction crane has crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238.


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