Pilgrims didn't follow instructions in Mecca

Over 700 people have lost their lives while attending The Hajj in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the exact reasons for the tragedy are still under review according to EWN Journalist, Faizel Patel who is reporting from Mecca.

The incident occurred when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometres east of Mecca, on their way to performing the "stoning of the devil" ritual at Jamarat.

At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed in the worst disaster to strike the annual pilgrimage for 25 years, and it is estimated that at least 863 were injured in the tragedy.

EWN's Faizel Patel spoke to 702 and Cape Talk's Weekend Breakfast team explaining what's happened in the city since the accident, he explains that early investigations show that the accident occured because pilgrims failed to follow instructions.

A probe has been launched to unearth the exact details of what went wrong this week.


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