Mecca Masjid Stampede : 220 Killed and 450+ Injured – Saudi Arabia, in 15 days Span A Shocking Incident Happens at Saudi Mecca Masjid on Thursday.
HOFUF, Saudi Arabia—At least 220 people were killed and 450 injured Thursday when pilgrims stampeded during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Islam’s holiest city, Saudi civil defense officials said.
An estimated two million Muslims have thronged Mecca to participate in the procession, and the officials said they were rushing to prevent further panic along the procession route.
This Hajj season has been marked by tragedy. Earlier this month, a crane collapsed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing at least 109 people.
Photographs published on the civil defence Twitter feed showed pilgrims lying on stretchers while emergency workers in high-visibility jackets lifted them into an ambulance.
It said more than 220 ambulances and 4,000 rescue workers had been sent to the stampede’s location to help the wounded. Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television channel showed a convoy of ambulances driving through the Mina camp.