Pinoy killed in Mecca hajj stampede


Posted at Sep 25 2015 08:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2015 02:22 AM

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Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on Thursday. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh, AFP

MANILA - The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah on Friday confirmed that a Filipino pilgrim died in the stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The victim's personal information is being withheld on the request of the family.

At least 717 people were killed while 863 others were hurt in what is considered as the worst tragedy in 25 years at the annual Muslim pilgrimage. The stampede occurred during the symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca.

Two Filipino pilgrims also died while performing hajj rituals in Mecca but their deaths are not related to the stampede that claimed over 700 lives.

Aleem Abdulwahid, head of the Filipino pilgrim delegation, identified the two Pinoy pilgrims who died as Jadir Sali and Amman Hayudini.

Sali, a retired policeman, suffered from stage IV liver cancer. He went to Mecca from the Philippines with his wife. He was buried the day after he died.

Hayudini, on the other hand, could not take the heat that reached 45 to 47 degrees. He passed away Thursday morning.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ordered "a revision" of hajj organisation while authorities started a probe into the disaster.

Some witnesses also blamed Saudi authorities for the incident. -- with a report from Agence France-Presse