Death toll in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, has risen to 453 and there are fears that it could still rise. About 719 people are injured.
The stampede took place in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca.
Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.
Al Jazeera’s Basma Atassi, reporting from Mina, said the incident took place in a street between pilgrim camps.
“The street where it happened is named Street 204. This stampede did not happen at the site of the ‘stoning of the devil’ ritual, which was happening today.”