717 people dead as a result of crush in Mecca (UPDATE - 4)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 805 pilgrims were injured as a result of crush in Mecca, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Saudi Arabia said Sept. 24.
According to the information, the death toll may increase.
Some 717 people died as a result of crush in Mecca Sept. 24.
More than 4,000 rescuers are working on the scene.
Pilgrims this year have been undeterred by the collapse of a construction crane in Mecca earlier this month, which killed over 100 people and injured over 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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