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Chronology of tragedies during Haj

  • Published: 00:00 January 12, 2006
  • Gulf News

More than 300 people were killed in a crush during the stoning ritual in the haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, witnesses said.

Here is a chronology of some major tragedies linked to the Haj in Makkah:

  • 1979 - About 250 Saudi militants take over Grand Mosque in Makkah. More than 100 of them and 127 Saudi troops are killed in two-week siege, which took place outside main pilgrimage season.
  • 1987 - Some 400 people, mainly Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, are killed in clashes with Saudi security forces during anti-Western protests in Makkah.
  • 1989 - Bombs explode near Grand Mosque, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16. Saudi Arabia beheads 16 foreigners found guilty of planting the bombs.
  • 1990 - Stampede in tunnel at Makkah causes deaths of 1,426 pilgrims, most from Indonesia and Turkey.
  • 1991 - Plane crash in Saudi Arabia kills 91 Senegalese soldiers returning from trip to Makkah after serving in Gulf War.
  • 1991 - Plane carrying pilgrims home to Nigeria crashes after Haj, killing 261.
  • 1994 - Stampede near Jamarat Bridge in Mina kills 270.
  • 1997 - Fire kills 343 pilgrims at camp in Mina.
  • 1998 - Stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills 119.
  • 2001 - Stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills 35.
  • 2003 - Stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills at least 14.
  • 2004 - Stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills at least 251.
  • 2006 - Collapse of Makkah hostel housing pilgrims kills 76.

- Reuters

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