Death toll at Mecca stampede jumps to 717, two Indians reportedly injured

At least 717 people were killed and 800 others injured on Thursday in a stampede during the Hajj at Mina, near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, one of the worst incidents in nearly a decade to hit the annual pilgrimage.

Over two million pilgrims, including more than 1.5 lakh Indians, are performing the Hajj this year. Officials at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah have said so far they have no information about any Indian casualty. 

Rescue operations were underway after the stampede in Mina, where pilgrims were performing the symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing stones at the three pillars.

Eyewitnesses said the stampede happened at the entrance of the Jamarat bridge near Street 204, not inside of the area where the stoning pillars are. Two teams of medical screening have been set up at the site of the incident. It was not clear what had caused the stampede.

“In my camp there were about 400 pilgrims. All of them are safe. But I am trying to make some calls and ascertain from other people,” said Abid Rasool Khan, Chairman Minorities Panel, Andhra Pradesh.

With agency inputs


18:15 PM

Two Indians have been hurt in the Mecca stampede on Thursday, according to reports. More than 1.5 lakh Indians are among over two million pilgrims performing Haj in Mecca this year.

Read our full report on this here: Two Indians injured, over 700 pilgrims dead


18:10 PM

Jammu Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and former CM Omar Abdullah expressed profound grief over the tragedy in Mecca which left over 450 pilgrims dead and several hundred others injured.

CM Sayeed expressed profound grief over the tragedy in Mecca which left over 450 pilgrims dead and several hundred others injured.

Omar took to Twitter to share his condolences. 

Read our full report on this here- Mecca stampede: Mufti Sayeed and Omar Abdullah express grief over loss of lives


17:00 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in US, expressed condolences to the victims and their kin. 



16:35 PM

The Ministry of External Affairs has released helpline numbers regarding the stampede situation in Mecca.



16:09 PM

Watch the video of the stampede here. Viewers discretion advised:



16:00 PM

Around 4,000 people are reportedly taking part in rescue efforts, along with 220 ambulances. 


15:40 PM

15:32 PM

MEA still trying to get information about this tragic stampede. So far no confirmed casualty


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