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In pictures: Hajj stampede

Ambulances rush to treat the wounded

Hundreds of Muslim pilgrims have been killed in a stampede in a farewell ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Muslims stone pillars representing the Devil on Jamarat bridge

The stampede took place at the foot of the Jamarat bridge, where pilgrims hurl stones at three pillars representing the spot where the devil is said to have appeared to Abraham.

Police stand by body bags in Mina

The death toll from the stampede is the highest since 1990, when more than 1,000 pilgrims died in a similar crush.

Stampede victims

With the local hospital in Mina overflowing, many of the injured had to be rushed to hospitals in nearby Mecca.

Saudi health minister visits injured in hospital

Saudi authorities had taken more safety measures - and blamed pilgrims for the accident.

Palestinian man on phone outside hospital

Outside the hospitals, anxious pilgrims were desperate for news.


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