Stampede Kills More than 700 at Hajj Pilgrimage Near Mecca

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Stampede kills more than 700 at Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca

www.cnn.com | September 24, 2015

(CNN A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season — the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca — has killed more than 700 people and injured 800 others in Saudi Arabia.

The stampede occurred Thursday morning during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

Footage taken just after the stampede — obtained by CNN Arabic — shows a disturbing scene. Bodies piled upon bodies, a few moving, but most appearing lifeless. Workers in hard hats and reflective vests can be seen working the edges of the pile of faithful, pulling dead bodies away to get to those who are still alive.

Stampede Kills More than 700 at Hajj Pilgrimage Near Mecca