Hajj death toll rises to 717, over 800 injured: Saudi Authorities



    Hajj death toll rises to 717, over 800 injured: Saudi Authorities

    Sept 24, Riyadh: At least 717 pilgrims have been killed and over 800 were injured in a stampede according to Saudi Arabia's civil directorate.

    According to reports,  at least 400 other pilgrims had been injured in Thursday's stampede that took place between Mount Arafat and Mecca's Grand Mosque as more than a million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the Hajj in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca. Official have reported that the incident took place on the eve of Eid as pilgrims gathered at Mina to throw stones at pillars representing the devil.

    Nearly, 2 million people have come for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, that began on Tuesday. Earlier this month, a crane collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing 717 people and injuring some 800 others.


    The Oslo Times