MAKKAH: More than 700 pilgrims martyred while 813 got injured in a stampede at Mina, TheNewsTribe.com reported.
According to Al Arabiya News, at least 717 pilgrims have died while at least 813 others were injured when a stampede broke out in the tent city of Mina today.
Saudi Arabia’s al-Ekhbariya television channel reported the casualty figures on is Thursday, citing civil defense officials.
The report noted that the injured have been rushed to the hospitals, while the officials are moving the bodies out of Mina.
Videos released in the aftermath of the stampede saw torn clothes and blood on the streets of Mina.
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It is situated 5 kilometres to the east of the Holy city of Mecca, and stands on the road from Mecca’s city centre to the Hill of Arafat.
In recent days there has been a spate of incidents in Mecca, where over 2 million Muslim pilgrims have gathered for the annual haj pilgrimage.
On Wednesday, (23 September), over 200 pilgrims got trapped inside a train after its door malfunctioned. The pilgrims were trapped inside for over 30 minutes, over a dozen haj pilgrims fainted before they were rescued.