Live: Death Toll Rises To 717 In Saudi Arabia Hajj Stampede

6:00 pm: Authorities say that the death toll in stampede in holy city of Mina has reached 717. Over 800 injured.

5:00 pm: Number of those killed in the stampede in the holy city of Mina has reached 453. Over 700 have been injured in the accident.

4:30 pm: The stampede took place at 9 a.m. (local time) near the area where pilgrims gather for the stoning ritual, Saudi civil defense said.

4:20 pm: A resident of Thiruvanthapuram is among the Hajis injured in the stampede

3:50 pm: Indian mission monitoring the situation. No confirmed Indian casualties at this point.

Helpline numbers in Mecca: 

00966125458000

00966125496000 

For pilgrims in Kingdom: 8002477786

3:15 pm: The latest death toll, according to the civil defense ministry, is 310 but the numbers have been climbing steadily throughout the day.

2;00 pm: Officials deployed 4,000 workers and 220 ambulances and other vehicles to Mina to help with the disaster.

2:40 pm: Authorities now say that the death toll in stampede in the tent city of Mina has reached 220.

At least 150 people died and 390 others were injured in a stampede at Hajj in Saudi Arabia, reports said.

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense says that 150 pilgrims have died while at least 390 others were injured when a stampede broke out in the tent city of Mina, reported Al Arabiya News.

This is second tragedy to have hit this year's pilgrimage after a crane crash killed 107 pilgrims and hurt hundreds of others.

Millions of people had gathered to take part in the last major rite of Hajj in the holy city of Mina.

Note: The Video contains graphic content. Source: Twitter

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— ALEXANDRE STARK (@alexandrestark) September 24, 2015

Hajj: Previous tragedies

2006: 364 pilgrims die in a crush at foot of Jamarat Bridge in Mina

1997: 340 pilgrims are killed when fire fuelled by high winds sweeps through Mina's tent city

1994: 270 pilgrims die in a stampede during the stoning ritual

1990: 1,426 pilgrims, mainly Asian, die in a stampede in an overcrowded tunnel leading to holy sites

1987: 402 people die when security forces break up an anti-US demonstration by Iranian pilgrims

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