The tragedy occurred due to a sudden rush of the pilgrims on Street 204 in Mina where they perform a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls.
Over two million pilgrims, including more than 1.5 lakh Indians, are performing the Haj this year. Officials at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah have said two Indian pilgrims from Assam were injured in the tragedy.
The Saudi civil defence authority said 453 people from different nationalities have died in the tragedy.

The incident comes days after a massive crane collapse in Mecca Grand Mosque killed 115 people, including 11 Indians.
Rescue operations were underway after the stampede in Mina. Eyewitnesses said the stampede happened at the entrance of the Jamarat bridge near Street 204, not inside of the area where the stoning pillars are.
Two teams of medical screening have been set up at the site of the incident. The civil defence authority said its teams on the ground are leading pilgrims to safer routes away from the stampede site through alternate routes.
It said 4,000 people were taking part in rescue efforts, along with 220 ambulances.

Toll free number for pilgrims in Mecca is 8002477786.



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