Muslim Pilgrims Killed in Stampede in Pedestrian Tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia Hot

Muslim Pilgrims Killed in Stampede in Pedestrian Tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 1,426 Muslim pilgrims are killed in a stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel (Al-Ma'aisim tunnel) that leads away from Mecca and towards Mina, where the tent city is located.

According to witnesses, the stampede starts when some of the pilgrims stopped in the middle of the tunnel to enjoy the air conditioning while the others outside started pushing in to get away from the heat — 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

This pedestrian tunnel is just one part of a huge $15 billion improvement plan that the Saudi government is implementing for their holy sites. As the crowds of pilgrims grow larger every year, so too does the need to house and move people more efficiently and safely.

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