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Foreign Toll Figures, Hajj Tragedy Deadliest in History

According to tallies given by foreign officials the death toll from last month’s hajj stampede has risen to at least 1,849 that has made it the deadliest incident in the pilgrimage’s history.

Saudi Arabia has yet to provide an updated death toll after saying 769 Muslim pilgrims had died in the tragedy near Mecca.

Saudi authorities have also not provided a breakdown by nationality.

Hundreds of pilgrims have also not been accounted for following the September 24 stampede at the hajj, one of the largest annual gatherings in the world.

But many foreign governments have provided numbers on pilgrims killed from their countries.

An AFP tally from more than 30 countries shows the death toll has overtaken the 1,426 pilgrims who died in the hajj’s worst previous incident – a tunnel stampede in July 1990; AFP reported.

According to Alam News Network, Saudi’s Health Ministry announced the cause of the disaster was extreme heat and suffocation of pilgrims because of pushing each other!

Preliminary news announced 769 deaths in Mina disaster. However, according to dead bodies delivered on September 28, the number of victims rises to 4173.

Saudi Health Ministry stressed that it is the only valid source that mentioned the number of dead people in Mina disaster; Alam News Network reported.


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