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Second tragedy strikes Haj, 717 people killed, 850 injured in stampede outside Mecca

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 September 2015, 21:59 IST

A second tragedy has struck Mecca within a span of two weeks. At least 717 people have reportedly been killed and 850 are injured in a stampede outside Mecca during Haj. Two Indians including a a woman from Telangana identified as Bibi Jaan from Ranga Reddy district near Hyderabad is among those killed

The tragedy happened even as Muslims worldwide are celebrating the holy day of Eid al-Adha. An estimated 2 million pilgrims traveled to Mecca for the celebration.

Read: Helpline numbers for Haj stampede victims

Just two weeks ago, over a hundred people were killed in Mecca when a construction crane fell inside the crowded Grand Mosque.

Read: Holy and unsafe? Tragedies at Haj over the years

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet "Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede. No confirmed casualties at this point of time."

Further details are awaited.

Read: 9 facts to help you understand the Haj better

First published: 24 September 2015, 21:59 IST
 
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