GRIEF BY THE HANDS OF MAN AND GOD

Qatar Today - - HOW THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER IN 2015 -

It was a tragic year in Mecca with two ter­ri­ble in­ci­dents claim­ing the lives of hun­dreds of pil­grims. On Septem­ber 11, a few days be­fore the an­nual Hajj rush, a crawler crane top­pled over onto the Grand Mosque killing 111 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 400 oth­ers. Barely a few days later, with the pil­grim­age in full swing, a stam­pede on Septem­ber 24 caused sev­eral hun­dred deaths (with var­i­ous sources giv­ing con­flict­ing re­ports on the death toll). The wor­ship­pers were suf­fo­cated or crushed on the road to­wards the Ston­ing of the Devil rit­ual in Mina, making it the worst Hajj stam­pede in history. The cause of the stam­pede re­mains un­clear and the Saudi gov­ern­ment has re­port­edly launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent while not be­ing com­pletely trans­par­ent about the death toll, which it has main­tained is about 769 killed and 934 in­jured.

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