UPDATE: Stampede outside Mecca kills over 700 (Photos & Videos)

UPDATE: Stampede outside Mecca kills over 700 (Photos & Videos)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

24 Sep, 2015 | 2:29 pm

According to the Saudi Arabian authorities, around 710 people have been killed and over 800 more injured in a stampede at Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca where approximately two million Muslims are on their annual hajj pilgrimage.

It is a religious duty for able-bodied Muslims to complete the hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, at least once. The rituals involved in the pilgrimage are intended to cleanse the soul and promote the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood within Islam.

The collapse of a construction crane in Mecca earlier in September killed over 100 people and injured around 230. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the collapse amid claims the proper safeguards have been ignored in the race to complete developments surrounding the Grand Mosque.

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