Death in Mecca

There was a stampede last Thursday during the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site, Mecca. More than 700 were trampled and killed in a stampede where two giant groups met and the momentum was too much to instantly stop; the cause was one crowd heading towards an overpass where another crowd was passing and when the two met chaos broke out.

Saudi officials say it was the effect of overcrowding (over 2 million Muslims converged for this year’s hajj) and the pilgrims’ failure to follow the tight schedule set to manage the crowd.

Just last month there was also a crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people.

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