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Old September 24th, 2015, 09:50 AM
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Allah ko pyare ho gaye

MINA (Saudi Arabia): A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more on Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual haj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defence directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid-ul-Zuha holiday.

It was the second major disaster during this year's haj season, raising questions about the adequacy of measures put in place by Saudi authorities to ensure the safety of the roughly 2 million Muslims taking part. A crane collapse in Mecca nearly two weeks earlier left 111 people dead.

Saudi Arabia takes great pride in its role as the caretaker of Islam's holiest sites and host to millions of pilgrims annually. But the haj poses an immense logistical and security challenge for the kingdom given the sheer number of hundreds of thousands of people — from differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds, many of whom have saved for years for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — intent on following the same set of rituals at about the same time.

Thursday's crush happened in Mina, a large valley about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Mecca that has been the site of haj stampedes in years past.

Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone columns. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.

As it happened: Stampede during haj in Mecca

Thursday's tragedy struck during a morning surge of pilgrims at the intersection of streets 204 and 223 as the faithful were making their way toward a large structure overlooking the columns, according to the Saudi civil defense directorate.

The multi-story structure, known as Jamarat Bridge, is designed to ease the pressure of the crowds and prevent pilgrims from being trampled.

Ambulance sirens blared as rescue crews rushed the injured to nearby hospitals.

More than 220 rescue vehicles and some 4,000 members of the emergency services were deployed soon after the stampede to try to ease the congestion and provide alternative exit routes, according to the directorate.

Amateur video shared on social media showed a horrific scene, with scores of bodies — the men dressed in the simple terry cloth garments worn during haj — lying amid crushed wheelchairs and water bottles along a sunbaked street.

Survivors assessed the scene from the top of roadside stalls near white tents as rescue workers in orange and yellow vests combed the area.

International media covering the haj, including Associated Press journalists in Mina, were restricted from visiting the site of the accident for several hours and from immediately leaving an Information Ministry complex where the press is housed during the final three days of the pilgrimage per government rules.

Photos released by the directorate on its official Twitter account showed rescue workers helping the wounded onto stretchers and loading them onto ambulances near some of the tents.

Some 2 million people are taking part in this year's haj pilgrimage, which is an obligation of every able-bodied Muslim. The pilgrimage began in earnest Tuesday.

Saudi authorities take extensive precautions to ensure the security of the haj and the safety of pilgrims. There are about 100,000 security forces deployed this year to oversee crowd management and ensure pilgrims' safety during the five-day pilgrimage.

At Mina specifically, authorities have put measures in place over the years to try to alleviate the pressure posed by masses of pilgrims converging on the site of the stoning ritual.

Officials use surveillance cameras and other equipment to limit the number of people converging on the site, and the Jamarat Bridge has multiple exits to facilitate the flow of people.

But tragedies are not uncommon.

The death toll from Thursday's crush far exceeded that of a similar incident in 2006, near the same site, when more than 360 pilgrims were killed in a stampede. Another stampede at Mina in 2004 left 244 pilgrims dead and hundreds injured.

The deadliest haj-related tragedy happened in 1990, when at least 1,426 pilgrims perished in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites in Mecca.

The latest tragedy is certain to have touched many different countries as the victims likely included pilgrims of different nationalities.

At least 41 Iranian pilgrims perished and at least 60 were injured in Thursday's crush, according to the chief of the Iranian haj organizing agency. Saeed Ohadi blamed Saudi Arabia for "safety errors" and said in comments to Iranian state TV that "mismanagement by the Saudis" led to the tragedy.

Thursday's crush happened less than two weeks after a giant construction crane came crashing down on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the focal point of the haj. The September 11 accident killed at least 111 people and injured more than 390.

Authorities blamed the crane collapse on high winds during an unusually powerful storm, and faulted the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group, which oversees construction at the mosque, for not following operating procedures.


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Old September 24th, 2015, 10:16 AM
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Old September 24th, 2015, 10:40 AM
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Old September 24th, 2015, 10:44 AM
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Re: Allah ko pyare ho gaye

This is about the stampede during hajj in Saudi I guess. Dont know what exactly transpired there. RIP to the deceased.
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... I am still scratching my head in utter astonishment.
You sure that's the right place your should be scratching What about the white silky hair that needs some scratching too
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Re: Allah ko pyare ho gaye

Subcontinent produces people in Billions and then they go to places like Kumbh or Mecca to die like pigs in stampede. What do you really achieve? and for what end game? What a fcking circus man.

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What one achieves by creating so many multiple ids on online forums, talking to themselves. Somewhat like playing carrom from all 4 sides.
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Stampede and religious crowd is the worst thing in a deadly combination, together. At Kumbh-Mela, we Hindus have every time 100s of ppl got died every year, without fail. Blind religious belief still survives at this age-frame of time-era, when a generation has alreday completely changed and still the remainder orthodox people thrive and strive for blind ganga-bath and Hajj-yatra, gathers in millions there on the same day,...when they also know that, tons of can easily die/lost in those heavy crowds, to achieve heaven ! Pity ! How a crowd could have lacking common sense to this extent, in this time frame era of new generation ? I am still scratching my head in utter astonishment.
mere mention of kumb-mela spoiled the fun of this thread

last time bedarnathji flushed his toilet, 5,748 got washed away...

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People who are blind in religion and to achieve the EZ zannat and 72 virgins and/or vainkunth and Kisan’s rass-leel’s darshan in Swarg and all such…. Die like pigs.

Bawa ke dono bigadte hai – likewise all naga-sadhus and also haaj-yatris doing hard fasts, spoils their this avatar and also who da hell knows what is after life and is there really any punar-janam or judgement day, holding with Chitragupt’s chopada in Yum-Darbaar,… or not ! Who the hell knows? All is plain bull-sh*t.

In any bee-hive, all bees live and die like pigs and those chicken slaughter house,
so does these Mecca and Kumbh devotees.

Height of the orthodoxies to achive EZ veinkunth ! Huh!


Life in subcontinent : EZ Cum, EZ Go ! Isn't it ?
you and your ilk are spoiling the ec fun.

we were so happy with puki moselem jai jai mudee loud and proud discissions.
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Life in the subcontinent : EZ Cum, EZ Go ! Isn't it ?
So many freaking farmers committing suicides. They think some Modi or Kejriwal is going to be the savior, it's not gonna happen. You gotta take care of yourself. You live with your body, your family 24/7. You know what is good for you and your family better than anyone else is going to care for.
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Rop dead people treated like trash.. Worst than dogs.


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Re: Allah ko pyare ho gaye

Reminds me of a conversation i was having with a peaceful friend sometime back.
Me - Some names are common between Hindus and Muslims like Meena.
Freind - Hmm - May be i heard some Muslims having name Meena.
Me - Among Hindus, it is a short form of Meenakshi, whereas for Muslims, it is a place near Mecca.
Friend - Is, it Havent heard of it?
Me - I think it where all the accidents during Haj take place.
Friend - Oh, now i remember.


looks like one more happened there.
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Is it Mecca Medina? Thats the hajj places.
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Is it Mecca Medina? Thats the hajj places.
Guess somewhere between them. The place in the OP also mentions that
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