SA sends condolences to Hajj stampede victims

SA sends condolences to Hajj stampede victims

South Africa has sent its condolences to the families of more than 700 people who were killed in a stampede in an area of Mecca yesterday on Eid.  

Over 700 killed in a stampede during Hajj

Our government says it is still waiting for information on whether any South Africans were among the victims.  

At least 717 people were killed in the crush, that took place on a street near Mecca.  

More than 860 other pilgrims were were hurt. 

Saudi Arabia's Health Minister Khalid al-Falih has been speaking to Sky News about the tragedy.

''The accident as most know was a stampede caused by overcrowding and also by some of the pilgrims not following the movement instructions of the security and the hajj ministry. However, this is God's will,'' he said.

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