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717 pilgrims killed near Mecca during hajj

At least 717 pilgrims were killed in a crowd crush at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Thursday. Some two million people are currently in the holy city performing the annual hajj pilgrimage. At least 43 Iranians were among the dead, and Iran is accusing Saudi Arabia over the lack of safety measures. Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Saudi Arabia’s envoy would be summoned over the incident.

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