Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stampede Kills 220 People While 'Stoning The Devil' In Mecca


Not less than 220 people have been killed in a stampede that left about 400 others injured at Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

According to reports by CNN, the stampede occurred during the ritual
known as "stoning the devil" in the tent
city of Mina, about two miles from Mecca.

Hundreds have been killed in past years
during the same ceremony.
"We have a stampede accident in Mina
and civil defense is dealing with it,"
Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen.
Mansour al-Turki said.

The 'ritual' involves crowds of pilgrims throwing stones at three pillars, in a re-enactment of an event when Prophet Ibraham stoned the devil and rejected his temptations, according to Muslim
traditions.

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