Death toll in Mecca stampede exceeds 4,000 (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.29
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The death toll in Mecca stampede has reached 4,173 people, said the message from Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry.
A stampede occurred in the Mina valley, outside the Saudi city of Mecca, where Muslims were performing the Hajj rites Sept.25.
The majority of the dead as a result of the stampede are the citizens of African countries. Moreover, the number of Iranian pilgrims killed in the crush has reached 239.
The deadliest incidents during the Hajj pilgrimage:
1990 - 1427 pilgrims were killed in a pedestrian tunnel leading from Mecca to Mina tent city
1994 - 270 pilgrims were killed in stampede
1997 - 343 pilgrims were killed and around 1,500 got injured as a result of the fire
1998 - 118 pilgrims were killed in stampede
2001 - 35 pilgrims were killed in stampede
2004 - 251 pilgrims were killed in stampede during the Hajj rites
2006 - 345 pilgrims were killed in stampede during the Hajj rites
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