More Than 700 People Crushed to Death in Stampede at Hajj

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Rescue Efforts Have Been Hampered by the Ongoing Hajj

A massive stampede in Mina, where the last major rite of the Muslim Hajj takes place, has killed at least 717 people.  Mina is used to seeing over 2 million people every year, as every Muslim is required to complete the Hajj once in their lives.  But usually, Saudi police and stewards help ensure safety and prevent any stampedes.

Iran, who said 43 of its citizens had died in the stampede, blame Saudi Arabia for a lack of control over the pilgrims, but the Saudis blamed the pilgrims themselves for not following the rules.  The disaster comes only weeks after over 100 people were killed when a massive crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque.

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