Saudi authorities say at least 717 dead in hajj stampede

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MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Authorities now say more than 717 people have died in stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Today’s tragedy is the deadliest to strike worshippers in more than two decades.

It happened in Mina, about three miles from the holy city of Mecca. Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against stone columns. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.

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