A stampede during the Hajj outside of the holy Muslim city of Mecca has claimed about 310 lives and left almost 450 pilgrims injured, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense Service reported.
220 ambulances and 4,000 rescue workers were deployed in the field for emergency treatment of the victims of the crush.
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The crush happened in Mecca’s neighborhood of Mina, which traditionally provides temporary accommodation for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. The ritual of the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ is performed in a valley surrounding the neighborhood on the night before last day of the Hajj.
The stampede happened in a street separating two pilgrim camps, Al Jazeera reported from the scene.
“The street is named Street 204. This stampede did not happen during the Stoning of the Devil ritual, which was happening today,” correspondent Basma Atassi said.
Street 204 is one of the two main arteries in Mina leading through the camp at Mina to Jamarat Bridge, where the Stoning of the Devil ritual is performed.
The incident happened near an exit from a monorail train station near the tent camps. The camp sector houses pilgrims from Gulf nations, who apparently are the majority among the victims.
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