Another Haj tragedy: 220 dead in stampede at Mecca

Earlier this month a construction crane collapse had killed 109 people

GN Bureau | September 24, 2015


#haj   #mecca   #Saudi Arabia   #muslim  

In an unfortunate incident, at least 220 pilgrims died and 400 others injured on Thursday when a stampede broke out in Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, during Haj.

Rescue operations are underway, Saudi Arabia's civil defence service said on Twitter.

The mishap occurred when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the haj, which is to perform stoning of the devil. The symbolic stoning of the devil today coincides with the Eid al-Adha feast of sacrifice marked by the world's more than 1.5 billion Muslims.

Saudi officials said a total of 13,74,206 foreign pilgrims have arrived for Haj this year.  The Saudi government has deployed nearly 100,000 men in uniform at the holy sites.

Every year, millions of Muslims converge on the Saudi holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual haj pilgrimage, with the massive ceremonies representing a major security and logistical challenge for the kingdom's authorities.

The haj is among the five pillars of Islam and every capable Muslim must perform it at least once in a lifetime. For many, it is the spiritual peak of their lives.

Earlier this month, a construction crane collapse at Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, had killed 109 people, including 11 Indians. About 400 people were injured by the crane which was working on an expansion of the mosque.

Comments

 

Other News

Sowing wheat earlier can help increase yields in India: US researcher

Yield gaps in wheat production in India can be countered with an earlier sowing date, says a University of Michigan researcher.   Using a new way to measure wheat yields, Meha Jain, assistant professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, found that the wheat yie

Giving birth as a Baiga

Kharpariya village, about 50 km from the headquarters town of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, is like many villages in the region, home to the Baiga, deemed a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG) for whom permanent contraception methods are banned to prevent extinction. However, care for p

Being the prime minister’s brother

Somabhai Modi says he remembers only one occasion when he offered his younger brother prime minister Narendra Modi advice regarding work. This, he says, was when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat. After one of his weekly grievance redressal sessions, the then chief minister had enquired after the well-b

Should ration cards not linked to Aadhaar be rendered ineligible?

Should ration cards not linked to Aadhaar be rendered ineligible?

INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy

 INS Kiltan, the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under project 28 (Kamorta class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.    The anti-submarine warfare stealth corvet

SAIL`s special grade steel used to build stealth corvette

Maharatna enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade micro-alloyed grade of steel (DMR 249A) steel plates for the indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS-Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy.    SAIL’s integ



Video

Grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhaya on eve of diwali

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter