President Kenyatta mourns Mecca stampede victims
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the Saudi Arabian Government and the Muslim community following the stampede in Mecca that claimed over 700 Hajj pilgrims, the worst disaster to strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 25 years.
President Kenyatta also wished quick recovery to another over 800 victims injured in the tragedy as they performed stone throwing ceremony, one of the holiest rites in Islam.
“We mourn with you and are filled with grief at this great loss,” said the President
“On my behalf and on behalf of the government and people of Kenya, am sending to you and through you the Muslim fraternity this message of hope and encouragement following the stampede tragedy.”
The stampede occurred on a street in Mina, a large valley where about two million Muslims are performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Russia Today network reports the crush happened in Mecca’s neighborhood of Mina, which traditionally provides temporary accommodation for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.
The ritual of ‘Stoning of the Devil’ is performed in a valley surrounding the neighborhood on the night before last day of Hajj.
Muslims across the world are today, Thursday, celebrating the holy day of Eid-al-Adha.
An estimated two million pilgrims congregated at Mecca for the annual celebration.
Russia Today adds: “Just two weeks ago over a hundred people were killed in Mecca when a construction crane fell on the crowded the Grand Mosque.”
It is reported the worshipers had gathered in the city ahead of 2015’s Hajj.
The crush happened at Mecca’s neighborhood of Mina, al-Ekhbariya television reported, citing civil defense officials.
The Directorate of Civil Defense said it has deployed two medical teams in the field for emergency treatment of the victims of the crush.
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