Haj concludes on a subdued note

Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of special forces on Saturday on the last day of Haj. Dozens of “special emergency force” troops were seen on one level of the Jamarat Bridge, a five-storey structure in Mina where pilgrims ritually stone the devil. Many more special troops patrolled the network of[…]

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Hujjaj must obey authorities: Sahuc

The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) has issued its condolences to the families of more than 700 Muslims killed during a stampede in Mina on Thursday, on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage. At least 719 are said to have lost their lives and a further[…]

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Mina deathtoll rises to over 700

At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise. The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday’s stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of[…]

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King orders review of Haj plans

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered a review of the Kingdom’s Haj plans and entire procedures for the annual pilgrimage of Haj following the stampede in Mina. The King also directed the agencies concerned to carry out a prompt investigation into circumstances that led to the[…]

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Saudi authorities probe Mina stampede

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has ordered an investigation after a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage left at least 717 people dead and 863 injured, according to state media. Prince Mohamed bin Nayef, who chairs the Saudi Hajj committee, ordered the probe during a meeting on Thursday with senior officials responsible[…]

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