Hajj stampede news and latest update: 450 pilgrims killed, 700 injured in Mina
Another tragedy has reportedly struck the Hajj pilgrims this year. Reports of a major stampede have just arrived. It is a developing story and latest updates suggest that at least 310 people have lost their lives in the latest tragedy.
Saudi officials claim that the stampede broke out between two pilgrimsâ€™ camps in Mina and not the site where devil is stoned. Initially the death toll was pegged at around 100 people that was later increased to 150 and then to 200. Now the Saudi Arabiaâ€™s civil defense officials have put the death toll to 320 people.
While talking about the incident Al Jazeera’s Basma Atassi who was on the ground zero said, â€œThe street is named Street 204. This stampede did not happen at the site of the ‘stoning of the devil’ ritual, which was happening today.â€
In the meantime many people on the ground zero have shared pictures and videos of the incident. These pictures and videos are going video on social media showed a horrific scene, with scores of bodies â€” the men dressed in the simple terry cloth garments worn during Hajj â€” lying amid crushed wheelchairs and water bottles along a street.
In the meantime reports suggest that as many as 4,000 rescue services personnel were participating in the operation to help the injured and about 220 ambulances were directed to the scene, a civil defence spokesman said.