Haj stampede: UAE pilgrims are safe

Saudi emergency personnel and Haj pilgrims stand near bodies covered in sheets at the site where hundreds have died in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. (AFP)

The UAE pilgrims are all well and the camps for them are also safe and located far away from the site of the stampede that took place in the tent city of Mina this morning, a senior UAE official emphasised
Dr. Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, and head of the UAE Haj mission, said told Emirates News Agency (WAM) following a meeting with heads of the mission's committees that camps for the UAE's pilgrims were fully ready to receive them after performing  the Efada Circumambulation.
The death toll from a stampede during the annual Muslim Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Thursday has risen to 717 people of various nationalities, the Saudi civil defence said.

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