Mecca stampede: death toll rises to 453

Death toll at Hajj stampede in Mecca continues to rise, reports the Saudi Civil Defense agency on its Twitter page.

24 September 2015 16:37

According to the report, at least 453 people have been trampled to death and 719 more injured in the stampede.

The stampede is reported to have started in Mina, a place not far from Mecca, where the pilgrims were performing their last Hajj rites.

Rescue workers are currently working on the site of the accident.

There has been no word from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry yet on whether Ukrainians are on the victims’ list.