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Stampede of pilgrims in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah
25 September 2015
Press Release
24 September 2015
Makkah: The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) is deeply saddened by the death and injuries caused by a stampede of pilgrims in Mina today, near the holy city of Makkah. Current estimates put the number of deaths at over 700 with more than 860 injured. These estimates are subject to change as emergency service personnel continue to classify and reconcile the number of casualties.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have been grieved by this tragic event,” said Khalid Al-Falih, the Saudi Minister of Health. “The Ministry’s emergency response plan was immediately activated at the onset of the disaster and we are coordinating closely with all relevant entities to provide the best possible care for the victims."
"More than 500 doctors, nurses and paramedics were active on the scene evacuating and treating the injured.” In coordination with partner agencies such as the Civil Defense, the Red Crescent and others, the MOH has mobilized more than 100 quick response medical teams to manage emergency operations. Each team, comprised of two doctor and 4 nurses/ paramedics, assessed patients and directed their evacuation to the medical facility best positioned to treat their particular condition. Victims are being treated at various MOH medical facilities throughout the greater Makkah area particularly in Mina, as well as facilities operated by other agencies the area.
The MOH will be releasing regular updates on the condition of patients and their treatment. In the meantime, we encourage family members to contact the Ministry of Health Emergency Hotline for up to date information:  (937) that responds in six languages.
“During this difficult time, we pray for God's blessings for those who perished in this tragic disaster and for the rapid healing of the injured, for whom we will spare no effort” concluded Al-Falih to members of the emergency

Last Update : 25 September 2015 04:23 PM
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