18 treated following stampede outside Haram

Eighteen pilgrims who were injured in a stampede near the Grand Mosque on Friday night were treated at the scene and none required admission to hospital. The incident happened on Friday night as the faithful gathered in large numbers to mark the Night of Power, one of the high points[…]

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Hajj stampede toll raised to 1,453

A fresh tally of casualties killed in a stampede near Mecca last month has raised the death toll to 1,453, making this year’s incident the deadliest recorded during the hajj. The figure, compiled by the Associated Press, was gathered from officials and statements by 19 countries whose citizens were declared[…]

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KSA rubbishes Iran criticism of stampede

Saudi Arabia firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the Haj pilgrimage Saturday after Tehran demanded an inquiry into the Mina stampede. “I believe the Iranians should know better than to play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who were performing their most sacred religious duty,” Foreign[…]

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Iran denounces Saudis over hajj stampede

Iran demanded an apology from Saudi Arabia on Sunday over the deaths of 769 people at the haj pilgrimage and accused it of trying to evade blame, while Riyadh in turn accused Tehran of playing politics with the disaster. At least 155 Iranian pilgrims died in the crush of pilgrims[…]

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Haj stampede beyond human control: Grand Mufti

Saudi Arabia’s top religious leader has said that the Hajj stampede which killed 717 pilgrims was beyond human control, official media reported on the final day of this year’s pilgrimage. The stampede was the worst disaster in a quarter-century to strike the annual event and drew fierce criticism of the[…]

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Saudis blamed for stampede tragedy

Hours after a stampede in Mina killed more than 700 pilgrims, fingers have been pointed at Saudi authorities who were blamed for the second major tragedy to hit this season’s hajj. “They don’t have a clue how to engage with these people,” Irfan al-Alawi, co-founder of the Makkah-based Islamic Heritage[…]

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ANC saddened by hajj tragedy

The ANC expressed sadness on Friday at the death of more than 700 people in a stampede during the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. “We share this sad moment with the Muslim community the world over. May the souls of the departed rest in peace,” national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said[…]

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Saudi suggests pilgrims at fault over haj deaths

Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage, on Friday suggested pilgrims failing to follow crowd control rules bore some blame for the worst disaster at the event for 25 years. The kingdom’s regional rival Iran expressed outrage[…]

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