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Haj stampede: Death toll reaches 500 and 600 injured near Makkah

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More than 500 dead in crush near Makkah during hajj pilgrimage

Hundreds more injured in crush in Mina, outside holy city in Saudi Arabia

At least 500 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a crush outside the holy city of Makkah during the annual hajj pilgrimage, according to authorities in Saudi Arabia.

The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about three miles from Makkah. Mina houses more than 160,000 tents where worshippers spend the night during the pilgrimage.

Saudi authorities said at least 450 other pilgrims were injured during the stampede.