PICS: Hajj stampede, devastating aftermath

2015-09-25 12:54

Mina - More than 700 people were killed and several hundred left wounded in a stampede at the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, on Thursday September 24.

The stampede broke out in Mina, about 5km from Mecca, during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual. 

WARNING: Graphic images below

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolising the stoning of Satan in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca on September 24, 2015. (Saudi Press Agency, AP)

Muslim pilgrims and rescuers gather around people who were crushed by overcrowding in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

A muslim pilgrim walks through the site where dead bodies are gathered in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

Muslim pilgrims and first responders gather around the bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

The bodies of people remain at the site where they were crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)


Rescue workers attend to victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

Muslim pilgrims and rescuers gather around the victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

Emergency services attend to victims of a crush in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on September 24, 2015. (AP Photo)

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