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Hajj stampede: 14 Indians killed in Mecca; Sushma Swaraj assures full assistance

At least 717 people, including 14 Indians, have been killed in the stampede during Haj at Mina near holy city of Mecca on Thursday. It is the worst tragedy that has hit the world's holiest Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years.


Hajj stampede: 14 Indians killed in Mecca; Sushma Swaraj assures full assistance

Mina: At least 717 people, including 14 Indians, have been killed in the stampede during Haj at Mina near holy city of Mecca on Thursday. It is the worst tragedy that has hit the world's holiest Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday quoted India's Consul General in Jeddah as saying that at least 14 Indian lives have been lost in the deadly stampede. However, the exact number of deaths will be confirmed by the Saudi authorities later.

Swaraj further said that 13 injured are undergoing treatment in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

The Indian government has issued helpline numbers for the kith and kin of those Indians who are currently in Saudi Arabia.

The emergency numbers in Mecca are:

- 00966125458000

- 00966125496000

Toll free number for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia: 8002477786

Swaraj, on the social networking website Twitter, assured of all help to the Indian nationals there.

“Two of our officials have reached the site of accident. We are in constant touch with them,” the Union Minister tweeted.

With some 136,000 pilgrims from India, the Indian government said it was closely monitoring the situation. Thursday's stampede took place barely two weeks after a massive crane fell in Makkah's grand mosque, killing over 100 people and injuring over 200. Eleven of the dead were Indians.

Also Read: Mecca stampede: List of Indians injured in Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now in the US, condoled the loss of lives. "Distressing news from Mecca. Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede. Condolences to families of the deceased and prayers with the injured."

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