Sep 24, 2015
By Jane Brown
It the deadliest such incident on the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades.
Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate says 717 people have been killed and at least 805 injured, in a crush of Muslim pilgrims near the holy city of Mecca.
The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometres from Mecca that has been the site of past hajj stampedes.
Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone columns. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.