More than 717 people killed in Hajj crush

At least 717 people killed in a stampede near the tent city in Mina today with reported that 450 people were injured.

More than 717 people killed in Hajj crush

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 717 Hajj pilgrims were killed on Thursday – and another 450 injured – in a stampede that took place near the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to a Saudi official.

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense Unit has confirmed that at least 717 people had been killed in a stampede in the town of Mina, which occurred as pilgrims performed a ritual in which they threw stones at a structure representing the devil.

Civil Defense Unit officials said operations were still underway to find and treat the injured.

According to Saudi officials, some 2 million Muslims from around the world are participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

 We will have more on this as the story develops.

 

 
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