18 Persons Injured In Mecca Stampede

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Mecca Stampede

Eighteen pilgrims have been reported injured in a stampede near Islam’s holiest site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi media reported on Saturday morning.

The stampede, which occurred on Friday night, is coming on the heels of a continuous review into safety measures to avoid a reoccurrence of the deadly crush in last year’s hajj.

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Muslims were said to have gathered in large numbers to mark the Night of Destiny, one of the high points of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The Al-Riyadh newspaper quoted a health official as saying that it was a mild injury as all those affected were treated at the scene and none required admission to hospital.


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Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock to Mecca to carry out the lesser umra pilgrimage during Ramadan – especially during its last 10 days.

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They include the Night of Destiny, when the angel Gabriel is believed to have given the Prophet Mohammed the verses of the Koran.



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