Death toll in hajj stampede in Mecca up to 769

Death toll in hajj stampede in Mecca up to 769
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[Ed. – Interestingly, the death toll from Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S., which has seen crowds in the hundreds of thousands, is zero so far.]

The toll from a mass stampede during the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca has increased to 769, Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said Saturday, as the annual Muslim ritual concluded.

Thursday’s incident occurred in the tent city of Mina, on Mecca’s outskirts, and left an additional 934 injured.

It was the deadliest tragedy at the hajj in 25 years and the second major disaster of this pilgrimage season. Earlier this month, a crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, killed at least 109 people.

The pilgrimage culminates Saturday in a three-day holiday feast called Eid al-Adha.

Pilgrims in Mecca on Saturday said that security after the stampede had been tightened along the pilgrimage route, with extra forces deployed near holy sights [sic].

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