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Indian Death Toll In Mecca Stampede Rises To 18 Confirms MEA

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| September 24 , 2015 , 13:58 IST
[caption id="attachment_129823" align="aligncenter" width="700"]14 Indians Killed In Hajj Stampede, Death Toll Rises To 717; Over 800 Injured Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)[/caption] At least 717 people killed and hundreds injured in a stampede on Thursday at the annual hajj pilgrimage, Saudi authorities said. 18 Indians confirmed dead in Mecca stampede, said foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday. Earlier, there were 14 Indians among those killed in the stampede. According to officials sources, out of the initial 14 Indians killed in the stampede 9 were from Gujarat while 2 each were from Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.  A woman from Telangana is among the Haj pilgrims killed in a stampede in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede.No confrmd casualties at this point of time: MEA — ANI (@ANI_news) September 24, 2015 The incident took place during the ritual of stoning of the devil. Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls (formerly pillars), called jamarāt, in the city of Mina just east of Mecca. It is one of a series of ritual acts that must be performed in the Hajj. [caption id="attachment_129975" align="aligncenter" width="700"]hajj accident In this image posted on the official Twitter account of the directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense agency, rescuers respond to a stampede that killed and injured pilgrims in the holy city of Mina during the annual hajj pilgrimage. (Image: Directorate of the Saudi Civil Defence agency/AP)[/caption] Mina houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage. The Saudi civil defense directorate said at least 450 other pilgrims were injured in the stampede. Photos released by the directorate on its official Twitter account showed rescue workers in orange and yellow vests helping the wounded onto stretchers and loading them onto ambulances near some of the white tents. Some 2 million people are taking part in this year's hajj pilgrimage, which began Tuesday. The stampede was the deadliest disaster at the hajj since 2006, when more than 360 pilgrims were killed in a stampede in the same area. Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. Thursday's stampede happened less than two weeks after a giant construction crane came crashing down on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the focal point of the hajj. That accident killed at least 111 people and injured more than 390. ALSO READ: At Least 107 Killed, 230 Injured In Crane Collapse At Mecca’s Grand Mosque

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