717 people dead: What caused the Hajj stampede?

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The haj, the world's largest annual gathering of people, has been the scene of numerous deadly stampedes, fires and riots in the past, but their frequency has been greatly reduced in recent years as the government spent billions of dollars upgrading

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A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season — the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca — has killed more than 700 people and injured 800 others in Saudi Arabia. The stampede occurred Thursday morning 

According to international media reports, many have been killed in a Hajj pilgrimage stampede in Mecca. A BBC report places the number of dead at 150. According to Twitter reports, hundreds have been injured as well.

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