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At least 717 dead, 863 hurt in stampede at haj near Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca

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Mina:A stampede killed at least 717 people and injured hundreds more at the haj in Saudi Arabia, in one of the worst-ever tragedies at the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

The stampede, the second deadly accident to hit the pilgrims this month following a crane collapse in Mecca, broke out in Mina during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said.

Bodies could be seen in piles, surrounded by discarded personal belongings and flattened water bottles.

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