Saudi Arabia: More than 218 people dead and at least 400 were injured in a stampede of pilgrims during the annual Hajj outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Some 2 million people are performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The crowd, in which at least 395 others were injured and More than 218 people dead, took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometres from Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the peak of the Hajj.
204 Street is one of the two main highway leading through the camp at Mina to Jamarat, where pilgrims stone the devil by throwing pebbles at 3 large pillars.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad incident, directing the Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia to inquire about the health of the injured.The second incident come two weeks after at least 110 pilgrims were killed when a giant construction crane collapsed on the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Saudi Arabia has blamed the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group for the collapse of a crane.
Work is undergoing to separate large groups of people and direct pilgrims to alternative routes. The pilgrimage, the world’s largest annual gathering of people, has been the scene of deadly stampedes in the past, as well as other disasters including tent fires and riots. pilgrims lying on stretchers while emergency workers in high-visibility jackets lifted them into an ambulance.
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey can support their family during their absence.
It is one of the five pillars of Islam, alongside Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, and Sawm. The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world