Via Pakistan's The Express Tribune: At least 717 pilgrims killed, 805 injured in Hajj stampede at Mina. Excerpt:
At least 717 pilgrims died while another 805 were wounded in a stampede during the stoning of Satan at Mina, the Saudi civil defence said on Thursday.
The crush, in which at least 805 others were injured, took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometres east of Makkah, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.
It has traditionally been the most dangerous day of Hajj because vast numbers of pilgrims attempt to perform rituals at the same time in a single location.
Street 204 is one of the two main arteries leading through the camp at Mina to Jamarat, where pilgrims ritually stone the devil by hurling pebbles at three large pillars.
Photographs published on the civil defence Twitter feed showed pilgrims lying on stretchers while emergency workers in high-visibility jackets lifted them into an ambulance.
“Work is underway to separate large groups of people and direct pilgrims to alternative routes,” the Saudi Civil Defence said on its Twitter account.
Director General Hajj Operations Abu Akif said there are reports of around seven Pakistani pilgrims among those killed in the stampede.
Meanwhile, Arab News assures us that the Haj is safe from terror attacks, and the Ministry of Health says Emergency Departments of Taif Hospitals Getting Ready to Serve Pilgrims.
I don't know if it had a bearing on events, but today's high temperature in Mecca was 47oC (117oF).