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Hundreds Killed in Hajj Stampede (2006)

About one in four people in the world is Muslim, a demographic that includes more than a billion people. Each Muslim is required to visit Mecca, the Saudi Arabian city of Mohammed's birth, at least once in his or her lifetime. During the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, Mecca bears an influx of millions of people. In 2006, during the final day of the requisite Stoning of the Devil ritual, some 350 people were crushed to death in the crowd. What other dangers have pilgrims faced during the Hajj? More...
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Hundreds Killed in Hajj Stampede (2006)
About one in four people in the world is Muslim, a demographic that includes more than a billion people. Each Muslim is required to visit Mecca, the Saudi Arabian city of Mohammed's birth, at least once in his or her lifetime. During the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, Mecca bears an influx of millions of people. In 2006, during the final day of the requisite Stoning of the Devil ritual, some 350 people were crushed to death in the crowd.
pedro
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I would have thought that stoning the devil was rather asking for it.

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azbnb
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You would think the Saudis could coordinate this religious requirement in a safer manner.

The Mountains are CALLING And I must go - John Muir
Emel Rapchan
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Almost all pilgrimage sites are naturally susceptible to risks like crowding related.
It's difficult to keep an eye on every soul gathered in such place and the surveillance is nearly a nightmare in this condition. Many stories of missing person, kidnappings, and even death. Not to mention, much of the small crimes like robbery and stealing.
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As I've been learning about this matter, stampeding tends to be a natural and dangerous form of chain reaction in middle of a crowd that can lead to great loss of life and general fear.

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stampede into (someplace)
- A huge flock of walkers stampeded into the fenced area by forcing the fences and breaking into it creating an uncontroled mass event.
- The shoppers stampeded into Macy's lounge last Black Friday as they were fighting for their lives.

stampede out of (place)
- The police force almost couldn't control the immense cattle of protesters gathered and organized that stampeded out of the stadium at the end of the last game of the season when their team lost the championship.

pedro
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There is a very readable book byvElias Canetti called 'Crowds and Power' on this and related phenomena.

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