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White House voices condolences over 'heartbreaking' hajj stampede

AFP , Thursday 24 Sep 2015
Saudi Arabia
Members of Saudi Red Crescent tend to pilgrims who were victims of a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mena, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca in this handout picture published on Facebook account of the Saudi Red Crescent September 24, 2015 (Reuters)
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The White House on Thursday offered condolences after a "heartbreaking" stampede in Saudi Arabia that left more than 700 Muslim pilgrims dead.

"The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the hundreds of Hajj pilgrims killed and hundreds more injured in the heartbreaking stampede in Mina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.

"As Muslims around the world continue to celebrate Eid al-Adha, we join you in mourning the tragic loss of these faithful pilgrims."

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