It was reported earlier by Censor.NET citing AFP's Twitter of at least 453 dead, 719 hurt in the haj stampede.
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As reported by CNN, the stampede at the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca occurred Thursday morning during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam's holiest city.
Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony, and it comes only 13 days after a crane collapse killed more than 100 people at another major Islamic holy site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
This year, about two million Muslims are participating in the haj.