How 700 people died in the Hajj stampede

September 25, 2015 1:43 PM

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How 700 people died in the Hajj stampede

NEW YORK -- When too many people are squeezed into too small a space, the situation can turn dangerous very quickly, experts say. And that, they say, may be key to understanding the deaths of more than 700 pilgrims on the outskirts of Mecca.

Saudi authorities are investigating what sparked Thursday's disaster in Mina, about three miles from Mecca. Initial reports suggested two crowds coming from opposing directions converged on an intersection, which began pushing and shoving until a stampede began.

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