Sunday, September 27, 2015

Death in Mecca




The death toll from September 22's stampede during a Hajj ritual, the Stoning of the Devil, outside of Mecca, has risen to 769, Saudi Arabia's health minister announced on September 26, 2015.



Saudi officials said a total of 13,74,206 foreign pilgrims arrived for Hajj this year.


Thousands of Muslim pilgrims stone the walls, in a ritual called "Jamarat," symbolizing the stoning the devil, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca.



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Every year, millions of Muslims converge on Saudi Arabia's holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the Hajj pilgrimage, representing a major security and logistical challenge for the kingdom. On occasion, the Hajj and events surrounding it have been marred by tragedy. A look at some of the deadly incidents:
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2015: Officially, 769 people are killed and more than 800 injured in a crush of pilgrims on September 22, in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca. 
2015: On September 11, 2015, a crane collapses in a storm and crashes onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 111 people are killed and injuring nearly 400.


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2006: More than 360 pilgrims are killed in a stampede in Mina, near Mecca, where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil. A day before the Hajj begins, the collapse of an eight-story building used as a hostel near the Grand Mosque kills 73.
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2004: A crush of pilgrims at Mina kills 244 people and injures hundreds on the Hajj's final day.
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2001: A stampede at Mina on the final day of the Hajj kills 35 people.
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1998: About 180 people are trampled to death in panic after several of them fall from an overpass during the stoning ritual at Mina.
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1997: At least 340 pilgrims are killed in a wind-whipped fire at a tent city in Mina. More than 1,500 are injured.
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1994: About 270 people are killed in a stampede during the Mina ritual.
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1990: A stampede kills 1,426 people at an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to the holy sites in Mecca in the worst Hajj-related tragedy.


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Across the Sands to Mecca: The Song of a Shriner (1947) book cover (from the Freemasonry's Shriners) is courtesy of Adam Parfrey, coauthor of Ritual America

1 comment:

Ar S said...

Officially, 769 people are killed and more than 800 injured in a crush of pilgrims on September 22, in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca.

7+6+9 = 22, killed on 9/22

2015: On September 11, 2015, a crane collapses in a storm and crashes onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 111 people are killed and injuring nearly 400.

111 killed on 9/11