Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stampede Kills Over 700 Hajj Pilgrims

At the Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a stampede took the lives of at least 717 pilgrims and injured at least 805 more, according to various reports.  The disaster occurred a few miles east of Mecca in Mina, where pilgrims traditionally perform a ritual in which they throw rocks at three stone pillars in a symbolic stoning of the devil.  Two large crowds reportedly converged on their way to the site of this ritual.

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