2006 News Story
 

01/13/2006
Update on Jamarat Bridge stampede

Ministry of Interior spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki today announced that the death toll in yesterday’s stampede at Jamarat Bridge has risen to 363. Of the 363 casualties, 203 have been identified, and the process remains ongoing.  


Al-Turki also said that a new multi-story bridge would be constructed at Jamarat in order to facilitate the pilgrims’ movements there.

Ministry of Health spokesman Dr Khalid Mirghalani said that the nationalities of nearly 212 victims had been identified and returned to their families as follows: Afghanistan, 6; Algeria, 5; Bangladesh, 2; Belgium, 1; Britain, 3; Burkina Faso, 1; Chad, 1; China, 4; Egypt, 22; Ethiopia, 1; France, 1; Germany, 1; Ghana, 1; Guinea, 2; India, 24; Indonesia, 2; Iran, 2; Iraq, 8; Jordan, 1; Libya, 3; Maldives, 6; Morocco, 5; Nigeria, 1; Oman, 7; Pakistan, 31; Palestinian, 4; Saudi Arabia, 36; Somalia, 3; Sudan, 11; Syria, 4; Turkey, 10; Turkmenistan, 1; UAE, 1; and Yemen, 13.

Mirghalani confirmed that all but four of the 289 pilgrims injured in the stampede have been discharged from local hospitals.

Saudi authorities have set up a hotline  for those with questions relating to the tragic accident at Jamarat.     

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