In another incredible event, 700 people died in a stampede in a Muslim pilgrim city near Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Over 800 were injured.
The New York Times reports:
At least 717 people were killed and 863 injured in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday morning.
The deaths — at an intersection in Mina, about six miles east of the city — occurred around 9 a.m. on the first day of Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days in the Muslim calendar, as millions of Muslims were making their pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca.
It appeared to be the deadliest accident during the hajj since 1990, when 1,426 pilgrims perished in a stampede in a tunnel linking Mecca and Mina. And it occurred less than two weeks after a large construction crane toppled and crashed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing at least 111 people and injuring 394 others.
The Saudi health minister, Khalid al-Falih claims that the stamped may have resulted from “movement of some pilgrims who didn’t follow the guidelines and instructions issued by the responsible authorities.”
Perhaps, this is why Saudi Arabia doesn’t want any of those unruly Muslim “refugees” that Europe and the US are bringing in, but are more than happy to provide mosques for them to worship in Germany at.
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