A stampede at Hajj pilgrimage on 24 September 2015 resulted in the deaths of at least 719 pilgrims and injured around 863 people during the annual Hajj in Mecca. Among those 717 dead pilgrims, two were Indians.
The stampede was triggered when two large groups of pilgrims intersected from different directions onto the same street. The incident occurred near a T-shaped intersection of narrow streets in Mina, between Mount Arafat and the Grand Mosque when the pilgrims were performing the symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing stones at the three pillars.
Soon afterwards, the pilgrims were redirected away from the stampede site. An estimated 160000 tents are distributed across several camp sites in Mina.
It is the deadliest accident to occur in the Hajj since the 1990 stampede.
The stoning ritual is the last major ritual and is often regarded as the most dangerous part of the Hajj, with its large crowds, confined spaces, and tight scheduling.
This ritual marks the last day of Hajj and observes Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest Muslim holidays.