Mecca(Reuters): Around 150 people have been reportedly killed and at least 400 have been injured during a stampede in the tent of Mina, according to reports by Saudi Arabia’s al-Ekhbariya television news.
The incident occurred outside the holy city of Mecca where some two million people are performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The news channel also cited civil defence officials as saying that 400 people were injured in the incident.
Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Mansour al-Turki told CNN,”We have a stampede accident in Mina and civil defense is dealing with it.”
The stampede reportedly occurred during the ritual of “stoning the devil,” where crowds of pilgrims throw stones at a rock wall meant to symbolise a rejection of evil. the place of the incident, Mina, is about 5 kilometers east of the holy city of Mecca.
Rescue operations were under way, the service said on Twitter, after the stampede in Mina near Mecca, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the hajj.
Pictures of the stampede have been doing the rounds on social media: