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Hajj stampede: At least 220 killed in Saudi Arabia



   
   

       
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    24 September 2015


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                Photo posted on Twitter by Saudi Civil Defence Authority on 24 September 2015 showing medics treating man wounded in stampede at Hajj pilgrimage outside MeccaImage copyright
                Saudi Civil Defence Directorate
               
           

           
           
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                    The Saudi civil defence authority said rescue operations were under way
               

           

At least 220 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.

Another 450 people were injured in the incident at Mina, between Mount Arafat and Mecca&#039;s Grand Mosque.

The stampede occurred as more than a million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the Hajj.

Earlier this month, a crane collapsed at Mecca&#039;s Grand Mosque, killing 109 people and injuring some 400 others.

The Hajj had been largely incident-free for the past nine years as a result of a series of safety improvements made the Saudi authorities.

In 2006, a stampede during the symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina left 364 pilgrims dead.


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