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A stampede today has killed over 717 Muslim pilgrims, officials say, in Mina, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Muslims’ holy city, where the pilgrims gathered to throw stones at one of the three walls to symbolize the stoning of the devil, a ritual performed during the Hajj. The cause of the stampede is uncertain.

Civil defence of Saudi Arabia mentioned the death toll is continuing to rise, and 863 pilgrims were injured during the incident, and also mentioned rescue operations are under way with, as of earlier today, 4000 personnel along with more than 200 emergency and rescue units present at the scene.

This is reportedly the worst Hajj pilgrimage disaster in 25 years. A similar incident in Mina in 2006 killed more than 350 pilgrims.


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150 pilgrims dead in stampede at Mecca

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At least 310 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina, outside Mecca, the Muslim’s holy city where the pilgrims gathered to throw stones at one of the three walls to symbolize the stoning of the devil, a ritual which is required to be performed during the last day of Hajj.

Civil defence of Saudi Arabia mentioned at 400 pilgrims were injured during the incident and also mentioned that rescue operations are under way where 4000 personnel along with more than 200 emergency and rescue units are present at the scene.

The cause of the stampede is still unknown.


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Atleast 310 pilgrims killed in stampede at Mecca

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At least 310 Muslim pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Muslim’s holy city where the pilgrims gathered to throw stones at one of the three walls to symbolize the stoning of the devil, a ritual which is required to be performed during the last day of Hajj. The cause of the stampede is still unknown.

Civil defence of Saudi Arabia mentioned that the death toll is continuing to rise, and 400 pilgrims were injured during the incident and also mentioned that rescue operations are under way where 4000 personnel along with more than 200 emergency and rescue units are present at the scene.

The stampede was the deadliest disaster at Hajj since the stampede which took place in 2006 where more than 345 pilgrims were killed in the same area.


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September 12, 2015

At least 107 killed in Mecca crane collapse

At least 107 killed in Mecca crane collapse

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A storm yesterday caused a crane to fall into Mecca‘s Grand Mosque, killing 107 or more and wounding 238, according to Saudi Arabia‘s Civil Defense Authority.

Civil Defense Authority director General Suleiman al-Amr, in remarks to al-Ikhbariya television, said “All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location”.

The accident, which occurred yesterday afternoon, was caused by strong winds and heavy rain that led the crane to fall. Photos released of the scene showed numerous bloodied bodies and various scattered debris.

The accident occurred at a time when the mosque was relatively uncrowded. “Had it happened an hour later it would have been much worse,” Khaled Al-Maeena, editor at large at the Saudi Gazette, said. “Had it happened five hours earlier or four hours earlier, I think the death toll would have been more than a thousand.”

The crane accident comes just ten days before the beginning of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam‘s holiest site. As undergoing a pilgrimage to Mecca is a mandatory religious duty for all Muslims who physically and financially can, millions of pilgrims arrive in Mecca each year for the Hajj. Construction was underway at the mosque in order to enlarge the mosque and improve crowd control, which has been a recurring problem during Mecca’s pilgrimages.



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November 22, 2009

Saudi Arabia fears Hajj swine flu outbreak as four pilgrims die

Saudi Arabia fears Hajj swine flu outbreak as four pilgrims die

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As the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca gets underway, Saudi Arabian authorities have expressed concern swine flu could impact pilgrims. Four, with underlying health issues, have already died.

Two men and a woman in their seventies and a seventeen-year-old girl have died, according to the Health Ministry. The men from India and Sudan, the older woman from Morocco, and the teen from Nigeria. None were vaccinated against the virus.

One died in Mecca, the others in Medina. All had conditions including cancer and respiratory ailments. The World Health Organisation puts the current swine flu death toll at 6,750. Four more people are in Saudi hospitals in critical condition and a further twelve are recovering in hospital.

Each year around three million make the pilgrimage. And, Saudi authorities are concerned about the possible spread of the virus. At least one pilgrimage to Mecca is deemed mandatory for every Muslim capable of doing so. Fifteen thousand extra medical staff are deployed, ports and airports screen incomers with thermal cameras, and hundreds of extra hospital beds have been set aside. Visa requirements specify only those vaccinated against the flu strain can apply.

In September, Egypt forbade hundreds of Muslims from leaving Cairo for the Hajj after an Egyptian woman returning from a more minor pilgrimage last July became the first swine flu fatality in both Africa and the Middle East. For Ramadan, pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia was banned by Iran for the same reason.



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January 12, 2006

Hundreds dead in Hajj stampede

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According to the Saudi Interior Ministry over 345 Muslim pilgrims have been killed in a stampede during the annual Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The stampede at Islam’s most holy site happened at Jamarat Bridge, during an event where pebbles are thrown at a pillar to represent the stoning of Satan as part of the final rites of the Hajj. The stampede began when luggage from a bus tripped pilgrims at the eastern end of the wall, causing a bottleneck. Those who were tripped were then crushed by the wave of people behind them.

Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca during their lifetimes, if physically or financially possible, as it is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. Saudi officials had already provided safeguards by installing an oval wall with padded edges to protect pilgrams from a crush, installed security cameras and placed over 60,000 security personnel in the area.

This is not the first time deadly stampedes have taken place during the Hajj, with the deadliest stampede during the 1991 Hajj, in which 1,426 pilgrims were trampled.

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Last week, at least 76 people were killed when the Al Ghaza Hotel near the Masjid Al Haram (Grand Mosque) collasped, the cause of which is unknown.

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January 5, 2006

Building collapses in Mecca at eve of Hajj pillgrimage

Building collapses in Mecca at eve of Hajj pillgrimage

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A hostel collapsed in Mecca, the holy city of Islam at about 10 o’clock this morning local time. The building housed a number of pilgrims who came to visit the holy city at the eve of hajj pilgrimage. The hostel’s guests were mostly citizens of the United Arab Emirates. The death toll is at least 15, a figure which is expected to rise. The building was situated very close to the holy mosque Masjid al Haram.

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July 22, 2005

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo clarifies \’nuke Mecca\’ comments

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo clarifies ‘nuke Mecca’ comments

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Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has clarified his earlier statement that “you could take out their holy sites,” in the event of a nuclear attack upon the U.S. by Islamic terrorists. Rep. Tancredo has refused to make any apologies, saying “When we bombed Hiroshima, when we bombed Dresden, we punished a lot of people who were not necessarily (guilty). Not every German was a member of the Nazi Party. You do things in war that are ugly.” However, Tancredo emphasized that he was speaking hypothetically and not necessarily suggesting policy.

The remarks, made in a July 15th radio interview, hosted by Pat Campbell of WFLA in Orlando, Florida, have drawn support from conservatives groups such as Northeast Intelligence Network and Free Republic, and have offended the American Muslim community. In the interview, Tancredo discussed his request for information from the Justice Department regarding the claim of evangelical Christian journalist Joseph Farah that al-Qaida has smuggled multiple nuclear weapons into the U.S. mp3 file alt.

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