Saudis say 310 dead in hajj stampede 

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 on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense agency via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


MECCA, Saudi Arabia — The latest developments from a stampede on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

12:50 p.m.

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense directorate says the death toll from a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage has risen to at least 310 people.

The directorate says the victims in Thursday’s stampede are of different nationalities, without providing details. It previously said at least 450 pilgrims were injured.

The stampede happened in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca. Some 2 million people are taking part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage, which began Tuesday. (AP)


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