No confirmed Indian casualty yet in Mina Stampede: MEA


Indian foreign ministry has said that there was no confirmed casualty of Indians in the Mina stampede that has killed more than 300 Hajj pilgrims near Mecca.

MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, said, “Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede. No confirmed casualties at this point of time.”

He said, “Our emergency Nos in Makkah continue to remain open:
Toll free number for pilgrims in Kingdom: 8002477786.”

At least 310 people were killed on Thursday in a stampede during the Haj pilgrimage in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mina, authorities said.

As many as 450 people were injured in the tragedy, about five kilometres from Makkah, the Saudi Civil Defence authorities said.

“…The number of cases has risen to 310 deaths from different nationalities,” said a tweet in Arabic from the official account of the Directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense.

One Indian is among the injured.

Pilgrims were killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.

The stampede occurred as more than a million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the Hajj.

Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted mourning the deaths of Hajj pilgrims. His tweet read, “Terrible tragedy. Prayers for all.”

Earlier this month, a crane had collapsed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing 109 people and injuring some 400 others.

“We have a stampede accident in Mina and civil defense is dealing with it,” Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Mansour al-Turki said.

“The stampede occurred during the ritual known as “stoning the devil,” where crowds of pilgrims throw stones at a rock wall meant to symbolize a rejection of evil.

Mina is about 5 kilometers east of the holy city of Mecca.

More than two million Muslims from around the world have gathered in Mecca to perform Hajj- one of the five pillars of Islam.