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    Insanity at the hajj - more than 700 trampled to death

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    Stampede kills more than 700 at Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca

    The Guardian coverage

    I lack comprehension about such an event.
     
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    Apparently, the incident was caused by bottlenecks after two roads in the area were closed because of a visit by a member of the Saudi royal family who wanted to throw stones at the three pillars that represent the devil.

    The Saudi health minister Khaled al-Falih said that worshipers had failed to obey instructions. He added that the stampede was 'God's will'.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34357383
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033h10s
     
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    Wonder what god was pissed about.
     
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    This is not the first time deaths have occurred at a religious festival. It's difficult to imagine such events as being, in any way, 'blessed'.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11819540
     

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