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Saudi Arabia to see temporary dip in pilgrim numbers

Saudi Arabia will see a significant drop in the number of Haj pilgrims until the completion of the expansion projects at the two holy mosques, said a report. According to

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Haj lounge at Madinah airport opens tomorrow

Madinah’s Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport will open its Haj terminal tomorrow (January 1) in anticipation of the mass influx of Umrah pilgrims, according to a report. Offering 28 additional counters, all proced

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Saudi haj disaster death toll at least 2,070: Reuters

The deadly crush that occurred at the haj near Makkah last month killed at least 2,070 people, nearly triple the number accounted for in a death toll maintained by Saudi authorities, a Reuters tally indicated on Thursday.  

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Saudi cleric denounces lies after Haj tragedy

A senior Saudi religious leader on Friday denounced "lies" being spread about the kingdom after more than 1,350 people died in tragedies that struck this year's pilgrimage. In his first major remarks touching on the

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Don't play politics with tragedy: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir has firmly rejected Iran's criticism of Saudi Arabia's handling of the Haj pilgrimage. The foreign minister, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, made his remarks

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Haj stampede death toll rises to 769

The death toll in a crush at the annual haj pilgrimage outside Makkah rose to 769, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, as arch-rival Iran said Saudi officials should be tried in an international court for what it called a crime. The wo

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Saudi suggests pilgrims at fault over haj deaths

Saudi Arabia, under growing pressure to account for a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage, on Friday suggested pilgrims failing to follow crowd control rules bore some blame for the worst disaster at the event for 25 y

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Haj pilgrims 'may not have followed instructions'

Saudi Arabia's heath minister said on Friday a crush that killed more than 700 people at the haj pilgrimage may have been caused by pilgrims failing to follow instructions from authorities shepherding the world's largest annual gatheri

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FACTBOX: Disasters at Haj pilgrimage

More than 700 pilgrims were killed in a crush at Haj on Thursday, the deadliest such incident since 1990. Here are some other fatal events at Haj in past years. December 1975 - A cooking gas cylinder explodes in t

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Death toll at Makkah stampede rises

The death toll from a stampede during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has risen to 453 people of various nationalities, the Saudi Arabia's civil defence authority said.   It said that the cru

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