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Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll is at least 2,121

Published Oct. 20, 2015

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll is at least 2,121

The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,121 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy. The toll keeps rising from the Sept. 24 disaster outside Mecca as individual countries identify bodies and work to determine the whereabouts of hundreds of pilgrims still missing. The official Saudi toll of 769 people killed and 934 injured has not changed since Sept. 26, and officials have yet to address the discrepancy. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, who is also the kingdom's interior minister, oversaw a meeting late Sunday about the disaster in Mina, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The agency's report did not mention any official response to the rising death toll. The AP count comes from state media reports and officials' comments from 30 of the over 180 countries that sent citizens to the hajj. The previous deadliest-ever incident at hajj was a 1990 stampede that killed 1,426 people.


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Times wires