Thursday, 24 September 2015

Stampede kills at least 310 people at Mecca Hajj pilgrimage

Over 310 people have died and 450 injured during the last ritual 'stoning the devil' in the Mecca Hajj pilgrimage. The latest death toll, according to the civil defense ministry, is 310 but the numbers have been climbing steadily throughout the day.
Officials deployed 4,000 workers and 220 ambulances and other vehicles to Mina to help with the disaster. In the ritual, crowds of pilgrims throw stones at three pillars, in a re-enactment of an event when Prophet Abraham stoned the devil and rejected his temptations, according to Muslim traditions.

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