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Saudi Arabia: More Than 700 Killed In Stampede During Pilgrimage To Mecca

Thu, September 24, 2015 11:40am EDT by 3 Comments
Mecca Stampede
courtesy of CNN

What a truly devastating situation. The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca on September 24 has left over 700 people dead and over 800 injured after a stampede broke out. We have all the sad details.

One of the last rituals of the Hajj season, the pilgrimage to Mecca, turned deadly when a stampede occurred in the city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. The stampede, which happens to be the deadliest accident during the hajj in over 25 years, killed over 700 people. Find out what caused this horrible event.

Saudi health minister, Khalid al-Falih, said the stampede was “possibly caused by the movement of some pilgrims who didn’t follow the guidelines and instructions issued by the responsible authorities,” according to NY Times.

The stampede occurred at 9 a.m. on the first day of Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest holidays in the Muslim calendar. Millions of Muslims were making their pilgrimage to Mecca when there was a sudden surge in the crowd, which lead to the deadly stampede. As part of the religious ritual, the pilgrims were on their way to throw stones at three pillars as part of the Hajj pilgrimage.

While the number is steadily growing, officials say 717 people have been confirmed as dead and more than 800 are injured. More than 4,000 emergency workers were sent to the scene to help, according to NY Times. Check back to with any updates on this developing story.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this horrible situation.

— Shira Benozilio