Thursday, September 24, 2015

Makkah stampede - over 300 worshippers lose life

In yet another tragic incident, over 300 worshipers are said to have lost their lives in stampede at Mina, Makkah today. Another over four hundred worshippers are injured as reported by Saudi civil defence directorate.

The stampede occurred at Mina's street number 204, reports a newspaper. The incident took place near Maktib Number 93 where mostly Algerian pilgrims are staying.

Mina is a valley about five kilometres from the holy city of Makkah. The valley houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage. Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls.

It may be added that some 111 worshippers lost their lives and nearly 400 wounded during a crane accident at Makkah's Grand Mosque Islam's holiest site just a few days back.

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