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    Default Hajj Stampede 'kills 240'

    More than 240 Muslim pilgrims are reported to have been killed in a stampede on the final day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi minister has said.
    The death toll was originally put at around 10 but has risen through the day.

    Hajj Minister Iyad Madani gave the latest estimate.
    The crush happened as people flocked to Jamarat Bridge in Mena to throw pebbles at a pillar representing the devil.
    The exact number of dead is not known.
    Other reports have put the death toll at between 50 to 120.
    "This morning there was a heavy crush among pilgrims throwing pebbles. Several pilgrims stumbled and some were killed," the state Saudi Press Agency quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying.
    Around two million pilgrims are in Mena to visit the most holy place in Islam.
    The numbers of people dying at the Hajj had been falling in recent years.
    More than 1,000 pilgrims died in a similar stampede in 1990. In 1994 270 died and in 1997 340 lives were claimed.
    More than 100 were killed in 1998 and at last 35 people died in a stampede at the bridge in 2001.
    Fourteen were trampled to death last year.


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    Default Re: Hajj Stampede 'kills 240'

    Guess that is what happens when your torment the devil

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    Default Re: Hajj Stampede 'kills 240'

    Seing as there where over 2 million there it isnt much, although i was watching suadi television on arabsat & the minister quoted 13 killed, he also mentioned that he didnt know where 240 had come from.

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    Default Re: Hajj Stampede 'kills 240'

    Quote Originally Posted by eminem
    Seing as there where over 2 million there it isnt much, although i was watching suadi television on arabsat & the minister quoted 13 killed, he also mentioned that he didnt know where 240 had come from.

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    the original report was 13 , the rose to 50 then 244 all within an hour on various news sites , Reuters being the most reliable http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackage...2&section=news
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    Default Re: Hajj Stampede 'kills 240'

    Some of the people can get a bit roudy at an place like this, especially when they're chucking pebbles at the pillars. It's a shame really, as its supposed to be an holy event

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