220 people dead as a result of crush in Mecca (UPDATE-1)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 220 people died, 450 got injured as a result of crush in Mecca, TRT Haber TV channel reported Sept. 24. The crush occurred during the hajj outside holy city in Saudi Arabia.
The ethnicity of those dead and injured has not been disclosed, the TV channel reported.
Pilgrims this year have been undeterred by the collapse of a construction crane in Mecca earlier this month, which killed more than 100 people and injured at least 200.
The crush incidents during hajj have happened before. Some 1,427 pilgrims died in a pedestrian tunnel leading from Mecca to Mina tent city in 1990, 270 more died in another crush in 1994.
More deaths followed in 1997 (343 dead, 1500 injured), 1998 (118 dead), 2001 (35 dead), 2004 (251 dead) and 2006 (345 dead).
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