717 Muslims were killed today during a stampede that occurred on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.
According to Daily Mail, the victims were crushed to death during the stampede in the Muslim Hajj in Saudi Arabia. This comes just two weeks after a construction collapsed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, an incident that killed 109 people.
Disturbing photos show the carnage that resulted from the deadly stampede.
Officials are now blaming the Muslim pilgrims themselves on the stampede.
“Many pilgrims move without respecting the timetables’ set for the Hajj,” Health Minister Khaled al-Falih told the press. “If the pilgrims had followed instructions, this type of accident could have been avoided.”
Clearly, something needs to change in Mecca very soon to prevent hundreds more lives from being lost.