At least 717 people were killed and more than 800 wounded Thursday in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during the annual hajj pilgrimage.
The stampede occurred in Mina, about six miles from Mecca, on the first day of Eid al-Adha as millions of Muslims were making their way to the holy city.
It appeared to be the deadliest incident since 1990 when 1,426 pilgrims died in another stampede in a tunnel linking Mina to Mecca.
Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, is Islam’s most importance feast and the day pilgrims stone three pillars in Mina in a ritual meant to symbolize when the devil tried to keep Abraham from obeying God’s order to slaughter his son. The event was a test from God, who gave Abraham a ram to kill instead.