How the deadly hajj stampede is revealing old Middle East rivalries

September 24, 2015 9:23 PM

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How the deadly hajj stampede is revealing old Middle East rivalries

The death toll is still climbing after a horrifying stampede in the environs of Mecca, site of the annual hajj, the holiest pilgrimage in Islam. More than 700 pilgrims were crushed to death in Mina, a bowl-shaped desert plain that becomes a vast and crammed temporary encampment during the hajj.

Crowds were making their way from a vast settlement of more than 160,000 tents to perform a hajj ritual to commemorate the stoning of the devil by the prophet Abraham, known in Arabic as Ibrahim.

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