Saudi officials: Over 450 dead in hajj pilgrimage stampede

Saudi officials: Over 450 dead in hajj pilgrimage stampede
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More than 450 people were killed and over 700 injured in a stampede Thursday during the annual hajj pilgrimage just outside Mecca, Saudi officials said.

The civil defense directorate said teams were leading pilgrims to safety and that rescue operations are continuing, Al Arabiya reported. Officials said around 4,000 rescue workers and 220 ambulances were sent to the scene.

The Saudi Arabia’s civil defense directorate said the incident happened in Mina, about three miles from Mecca — Islam’s holiest city — and tweeted images of rescuers helping injured pilgrims lying on the ground.
At about 7.15 a.m. ET, the directorate tweeted that 453 people were dead and 719 injured. It said the dead are of different nationalities.

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