A look at the worst stampedes during Hajj

The deadly stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia on Thursday is just the latest tragedy to strike the pilgrimage. (Essa Al-Dobisi/Al Arabiya)

The deadly stampede at the hajj in Saudi Arabia on Thursday is just the latest tragedy to strike the pilgrimage.

Here is a timeline of significant incidents during the annual event, which draws around two million Muslim faithful from around the world.

 

1990 - 1,426 Muslim pilgrims were trampled to death in a stampede in a pedestrian tunnel outside of Makkah

1994 - A stampede near the al-Jamarat site just outside Makkah, where pilgrims undertake the ritual of stoning the devil, killed 270 pilgrims.

1997 - A fire in the tent city of Mina tears through a sprawling, crowded district, trapping and killing more than 340 pilgrims and injuring 1,500.

1998 - 180 people were killed in a stampede, close to the al-Jamarat site.

2004 - A stampede at the same site killed 251 Muslim pilgrims and injured another 244

2005: Three pilgrims are crushed to death in a stampede at the stoning ceremony in Mina.

2006 - 364 pilgrims are killed in a stampede during the stoning ritual in Mina. The ritual involves hajj participants throwing pebbles at three headstones, symbolising their rejection of Satan.
 

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